Cryptococcosis epidemiology

Cryptococcus neoformans is an encapsulated yeast that can infect apparently normal hosts but is more frequently associated with severe infections in immunocompromised patients. C. neoformans is divided into two varieties based on serotype: C. neoformans var. neoformans (serotypes a and d) and C. neoformans var. gatti (serotypes b and c). C. neoformans var. gatti is found predominantly in tropical and subtropical climates associated with eucalyptus trees, whereas C. neoformans var. neoformans is found worldwide and is associated with pigeon droppings and other avian excreta. Before the AIDS pandemic, cryptococcosis was a relatively uncommon disease but became a leading cause of meningitis among HIV-infected patients. Although the incidence of this infection has declined somewhat with the widespread use ofhighly active antiret-roviral therapy (HAART), C. neoformans remains an important pathogen in immuno-compromised patients, including cancer patients who often present with the pulmonary form of the infection.

How To Bolster Your Immune System

How To Bolster Your Immune System

All Natural Immune Boosters Proven To Fight Infection, Disease And More. Discover A Natural, Safe Effective Way To Boost Your Immune System Using Ingredients From Your Kitchen Cupboard. The only common sense, no holds barred guide to hit the market today no gimmicks, no pills, just old fashioned common sense remedies to cure colds, influenza, viral infections and more.

Get My Free Audio Book

Post a comment