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Studying Exserophilum rostratum Associated with Fungal Meningitis?

Exserohilum rostratum has been associated with the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis and joint infections linked to parenteral steroid use. CDC and FDA have both confirmed the presence of this organism in unopened vials of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate from one of the three implicated lots administered to approximately 14,000 patients.

Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph (Setosphaeria rostrata, teleomorph), is typically isolated from plant materials and rarely causes infection in healthy human adults. ATCC currently houses 15 strains of this fungus for use in studies related to infectivity, islands of pathogenicity, or methods of detection:

ATCC® No. Description Designation Isolation
18550 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph -- Leaf blight of sugarcane, Florida (USA)
18953 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph -- Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon), (India)
18955 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph -- Unknown
24091 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph H-1 Sugarcane, Hawaii (USA)
26145 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph G 179 Wheat rhizosphere, (Australia)
26682 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph 200 Corn stalk (Zea mays), Florida (USA)
26856 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph AU 807 Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) , Alabama (USA)
32197 Setosphaeria rostrata, teleomorph Luttrell 8868 Cornstalk (Zea mays) , Florida, (USA)
32198 Setosphaeria rostrata, teleomorph SrA3* Soil, (India)
34172 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph -- Bamboo (Bambusa sp.) , Alabama (USA)
34548 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph Dh-1 Dead leaf of salt marsh plant (Spartina alterniflora), Rhode Island (USA);
44530 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph BE4071 Cornseed (Zea mays) , (Thailand)
58348 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph 77162a Indian lovegrass (Eragrostis pilosa) , (Australia)
6700 Setosphaeria rostrata, teleomorph CBS 196.29 Strangetop (Leptochloa sp.) , (Japan)
MYA-955 Exserohilum rostratum, anamorph -- Endemic herbaceous plants, (Kenya)


*Type strain of Setosphaeria rostrata, teleomorph


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Posted: October 30, 2012
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