Zoonotic transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans from a magpie to an immunocompetent patient

K Lagrou, J Van Eldere, S Keuleers, F Hagen, R Merckx, J Verhaegen, W E Peetermans, T Boekhout

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    Abstract

    We report a case of cryptococcal meningitis in an immunocompetent female patient with exposure to a pet magpie (Pica pica). Genetically indistinguishable isolates were cultured from the cerebrospinal fluid of the patient and excreta of the bird. Our data strongly suggest zoonotic transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii from a magpie to this patient.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)385-8
    Number of pages4
    JournalJournal of Internal Medicine
    Volume257
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

    Keywords

    • Adult
    • Animals
    • Birds/microbiology
    • Cryptococcus neoformans/isolation & purification
    • Disease Reservoirs
    • Female
    • Humans
    • Immunocompetence
    • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • Meningitis, Cryptococcal/diagnosis
    • Zoonoses

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