domingo, 19 de agosto de 2012

CDC - Fungal Diseases - C. gattii cryptococcosis

CDC - Fungal Diseases - C. gattii cryptococcosis

C. gattii cryptococcosis

A photomicrograph of Cryptococcus
A photomicrograph of Cryptococcus
Cryptococcosis is a fungal infection caused by fungi that belong to the genus Cryptococcus. There are over 30 different species of Cryptococcus, but two species – Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii – cause nearly all cryptococcal infections in humans and animals. Most people who develop cryptococcosis have weakened immune systems, although healthy people can also become infected, particularly with C. gattii.
For more information about cryptococcal infections in animals, visit the Healthy Pets web page.
For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage.

C. gattii cryptococcosis Topics

A green icon of a pencil and note pad.Definition
What is C. gattii cryptococcosis?…
A green icon of a stethoscope.Symptoms
Shortness of breath, cough, and fever…
A green icon with a magnifying glass and foot print.Risk & Prevention
Who gets it and how it can be prevented…
A green icon of a petri dish.Causes
Inhalation of spores from the environment…
A green icon of a microscope.Diagnosis & Testing
See your health care provider, sample tissue, clinical diagnosis…
A green icon representing prescription drugs.Treatment & Outcomes
Antifungal treatment, resolution of symptoms…
A green icon of the caduceus.Additional Information
Resources and publications…
A green icon of a horizontal bar chart.Statistics
Incidence, surveillance…

Case Reporting

CDC conducts surveillance for C. gattii infections occurring throughout the United States. If you are a physician treating a patient with a confirmed C. gattii infection, please fill out the case report form Adobe PDF file [PDF - 7 pages] and fax back to the number indicated on the form. For information on how to confirm a C. gattii infection in a patient with cryptococcosis, please contact the Mycotic Diseases Branch.

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