Immunological aspects of infections part 44

Immune System

 

Another organism that is receiving wide attention is the fungus pneumocystis carinii (now called Pneumocystis jiroveci), which has a commensal relationship with the lung in the normal host. However, the sudden onset of pneumonia with this organism secondary to HIV infection in a child or adult is often the first sign of an underlying suppressed immune system caused by HIV.

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