General Information regarding curvularia
30+ species. Ubiquitous, Cosmopolitan.
What are some of curvularia's characteristics?
Grows well on cellulose surfaces.
Where does curvularia grow outside?
Often found growing in soil, plant litter and decaying plants as well as on leaves.
Where does it grow inside?
Often found growing on a variety of building materials.
Is curvularia considered a "black mold"?
The term black mold (also "toxic black mold") is not scientific but is widely used by the media to usually reference Stachybotrys molds.
Health Concerns with Curvularia
Is it a potential allergen?
Some people may experience hay fever, asthma and or allergic fungal sinusitis.
Does curvularia present any unique human risks? (as pathogen, opportunist or contaminant)*
Has been known to cause onychomycosis, ocular keratitis, sinusitis, mycetoma, pneumonia, endocarditis, cerebral abscess, and disseminated infection. Most cases are from immunocompromised patients.
Can it produce toxins?**
None have been identified at this time.
Identification of Curvularia
Can curvularia be identified via Air Sampling?
May be misidentified as Drechslera.
Can it be identified via Direct Sampling?
What are some of its industrial uses?
None at this time.
*Other types of disease not listed in this description may also result from exposure.
**Indicates potential toxin production by given species of this genus. Not all toxins are produced by all species and the extent is highly dependent on environmental conditions. List may not be all inclusive due to new discoveries in research.