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Curvularia is a species of mold that relate mostly to subtropical and tropical plant parasites.

However, three ubiquitous species have been recovered from human infections, principally from cases of mycotic keratitis. These are Curvularia lunata, Curvularia pallescens and Curvularia geniculata.

Curvularia lunata

Curvularia lunata is a widespread contaminant of seed crops. Indoors it is common in floor and mattress dust; wallpaper and painted wood.

Health Effects Associated With Curvularia

Curvularia lunata poses an inhalation and a deep skin (dermal) inoculation health risk to persons with week immune system. It also poses health risks related to major barrier breaks such as corneal perforation, major surgery, peritoneal or venous catheter presence, and injection drug use


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Dr Jackson Kung'u
Dr. Jackson Kung’u is a Microbiologist who has specialized in the field of mycology (the study of moulds and yeasts). He is a member of the Mycological Society of America. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, with a Masters degree in Fungal Technology and a PhD in Microbiology. He has published several research papers in international scientific journals. Jackson has analyzed thousands of mould samples from across Canada. He also regularly teaches a course on how to recognize mould, perform effective sampling and interpret laboratory results. Jackson provides how-to advice on mould and bacteria issues. Get more information about indoor mould and bacteria at
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