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Researchers have discovered a deadly fungus as the source of fatality in AIDS-related diseases. The research has found that the more deadly varieties of Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungi species that is highly aggressive and deadly were transported from Africa to Asia. A specific kind of the fungus – referred to as the Cryptococcus neoformas type grubii – leads to meningitis in AIDS sufferers or others with immunodeficiency or otherwise damaged immune systems due to HIV infection.
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Vibriosis is triggered by bacterial infection from the Vibrio genus, typically Vibrio parahemolyticus or Vibrio vulnificus. Diarrhea often accompanies Vibrio bacteria along with more serious skin infections, and blood infections. Vibrio parahemolyticus is a mostly harmless infection that commonly causes diarrhea, however the Vibrio vulnificus infection, while rare, may contribute to blood poisoning and fatality on many occasions.
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Meningitis is an acute contagious disease causing inflammation of the outer covering of the brain (meninges) and upper spinal column. The two primary kinds of meningitis are viral and bacterial, but it may be caused by other microorganisms including fungal, and parasitic. Meningitis may also be caused by other diseases, like Lyme disease that can affect the lining of the brain.
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