Spread of Cryptococcus gattii into Pacific Northwest Region of the United States

Kausik Datta, Karen H. Bartlett, Rebecca Baer, Edmond Byrnes, Eleni Galanis, Joseph Heitman, Linda Hoang, Mira J. Leslie, Laura MacDougall, Shelley S. Magill, Muhammad G. Morshed, Kieren A. Marr

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Abstract

Cryptococcus gattii has emerged as a human and animal pathogen in the Pacific Northwest. First recognized on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, it now involves mainland British Columbia, and Washington and Oregon in the United States. In Canada, the incidence of disease has been one of the highest worldwide. In the United States, lack of cryptococcal species identification and case surveillance limit our knowledge of C. gattii epidemiology. Infections in the Pacific Northwest are caused by multiple genotypes, but the major strain is genetically novel and may have emerged recently in association with unique mating or environmental changes. C. gattii disease affects immunocompromised and immunocompetent persons, causing substantial illness and death. Successful management requires an aggressive medical and surgical approach and consideration of potentially variable antifungal drug susceptibilities. We summarize the study results of a group of investigators and review current knowledge with the goal of increasing awareness and highlighting areas where further knowledge is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1185-1191
Number of pages7
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Datta, K., Bartlett, K. H., Baer, R., Byrnes, E., Galanis, E., Heitman, J., Hoang, L., Leslie, M. J., MacDougall, L., Magill, S. S., Morshed, M. G., & Marr, K. A. (2009). Spread of Cryptococcus gattii into Pacific Northwest Region of the United States. Emerging infectious diseases, 15(8), 1185-1191. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1508.081384