Baker, J., Setianingrum, F., Wahyuningsih, R., & Denning, D. W. (2019). Mapping histoplasmosis in South East Asia - implications for diagnosis in AIDS. Emerging Microbes & Infections, 8(1), 1139-1145. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/22221751.2019.1644539
This systematic literature review was aimed to map the cases, along with diagnosis implication of histoplasmosis on AIDS in South East Asia. Histoplasmosis was considered as one of HIV AIDS lethal opportunistic infections, but its distribution in South East Asia was not completely appreciated said the authors. Using comprehensive search of multiple scientific search engines, 407 cases were identified with various numbers from several countries, with the highest in Thailand and 177 of them were HIV associated. Myanmar was the country with highest skin test sensitivity prevalence. Though this study provides crucial information regarding histoplasmosis cases, the authors stated that further research was still necessary for ensure the extent of histoplasmosis in SE Asia, with the addition of an improvement in diagnostic capability for patients with HIV to decrease mortality.