Quincy Plumlee, DVM, TVMDL anatomic pathology resident, along with Gabriel Gomez, DVM, PhD, ACVP, TVMDL section head for necropsy and veterinary pathologist, recently co-authored a publication on an emerging fungal pathogen in horses.
“Chaetomiaceae Fungi, Novel Pathogens of Equine Neurotropic Phaeohyphomycosis” is now available on the Veterinary Pathology journal website.
The research focuses on a group of dematiaceous fungi of the Chaetomiaceae family (phylum Ascomycota, class Sordariomycetes). These fungi are rare causes of opportunistic, neurotropic phaeohyphomycosis in humans but are not known to cause similar infections in animals. The aims of this study were to investigate equine hyphal mycotic encephalitis, characterize key histopathologic features, and classify causative organisms with molecular diagnostic techniques. This case series is the first report of equine mycotic encephalitis caused by members of the Chaetomiaceae family, previously reported as rare emerging pathogens in humans.