Cryptococcus gattii

Source: CDC
Cryptococcus gattii is a fungus that infects the respiratory tract of animals, including humans. C. gattii has been isolated from soil, trees, air, and water and is usually found in the eucalyptus trees of the tropics and subtropics. However, an outbreak of C. gattii in British Columbia, Canada in 1999 resulted in the identification of the species on native trees of Vancouver Island, as well as surrounding soil and air, and spread to the mainland has been indicated. Recently, since 2004, outbreaks of infection in Oregon have prompted concern over this pathogen - including new spread in 2010.

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