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November 27, 1996


JAMA. 1996;276(20):1638. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540200024024

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Incorrect Quotation.  —In the Medical News & Perspectives article entitled "Penicillium marneffei Part of Southeast Asian AIDS," published in the July 10, 1996, issue of THE JOURNAL (1996;276:86-87), an error was introduced in editorial revision. In the section subtitled "Infection Acquired Easily," the third and fourth sentences should be replaced with the following: Histoplasma capsulatum, the causative agent of histoplasmosis (not P marneffei), can be found in construction sites and in soil contaminated with bird and bat droppings worldwide. Penicilliosis caused by P marneffei is endemic in Southeast Asia. Unlike H capsulatum, P marneffei is not universally encountered. Environmental isolation to date has been associated with soil from bamboo rat burrows and bamboo rats in Southeast Asia and parts of China.