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Volume 51, Number 1, February 2018

High-level ambient particulate matter before influenza attack with increased incidence of Aspergillus antigenemia in Southern Taiwan, 2016 

Wen-Liang Yu, Wei-Lun Liu, Khee-Siang Chan, Chun-Chieh Yang, Che-Kim Tan, Chi-Lun Tsai, Chin-Ming Chen, Yin-Ching Chuang


Background and purpose: 

We found significant correlation between the incidence of severe influenza and Aspergillus antigenemia among medical intensive care unit patients for 7-month observation (coefficient γ=0.976, p<0.001). High-level ambient pollution was noticed for 2 months before the epidemic, highlighting that influenza patients might coinfect with aspergillosis in the community. 


Key words:

aspergillosis, epidemic, galactomannan, influenza, particulate matter