Pythium insidiosum - Leo Mendoza
Dr. Leonel Mendoza has studied Pythium insidiosum since 1981 in Costa Rica, where he described the infection in horses and developed several serological tests to help in the diagnosis of Pythiosis in the clinical laboratory. During his early years of research, Dr. Mendoza discovered immunotherapeutic (Pythium vaccine) approach to treat pythiosis in equines. In 1996, Dr. Mendoza became faculty of the Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program at Michigan State University. Since coming to Michigan State University, Dr. Mendoza has been instrumental in helping healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating Pythium insidiosum. "Common mistakes in diagnosis of P. insidiosum occurs frequently because it mimics other infections, and most healthcare professionals will treat with antibiotics, which does not cure this disease", said Dr. Mendoza. Today, the vaccination has been patented and is now available for treatment of all animals (including humans) by Panamerican Veterinary Labs. (http://www.pavlab.com)
LEONEL MENDOZA, MSc, PhD
Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics Program/Department of Microbiology
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1031
Watch animated video clip of "The Life Cycle of Pythium insidiosum" by Dr. Leonel Mendoza.