1333. Waterborne Molds and Fungi
Session: Symposium: Open Waters: Dangers of Water in Health Care Delivery
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 2:45 PM
Room: 253ABC
Although exposure to airborne fungi is considered an important route of infection for fungal diseases, water has also been shown to transmit fungi. This route of infection is less well known and understood. However both in the water itself as well as in taps and showerheads may contain large quantities of spores thus posing a risk to individual immuncompromised patients.


Paul Verweij, MD, Medical Microbiology, University Medical Center Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Paul Verweij is professor of medical microbiology, consultant microbiologist, head of the Department of Medical Microbiology at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center in The Netherlands. Dr Verweij received his medical degree from University of Leiden in The Netherlands. He served as registrar in medical microbiology at University Hospital Nijmegen, where he completed his PhD thesis (“Microbiological diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis”). Dr Verweij then received research training at Victoria University Manchester in England. Dr Verweij’s research interests include diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis, resistance in moulds, and clinical studies of new antifungal agents. He has authored or coauthored numerous articles for journals such as Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, PLoS Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr Verweij is a member of several professional organizations, including the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He is member of the executive committee of the EORTC-IDG and chairman of the Dutch Society for Medical Mycology.



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