Virus Cryptococcus gattii captured Canada and the U.S.

Cryptococcus gattii - new danger for USA

In brief: Sensitive to the virus people, this kind of Cryptococcus may cause long passing cough, weight loss and general malaise.

In the Canadian province of British Columbia and north-western U.S. states recorded the spread of new strains of the tropical semi-pathogenic fungus that can affect the lungs and brain of man until death. Cryptococcus gattii was first discovered in Australia. It was later revealed that he is quite common in tropical areas of Africa.

This fungus lives in soil and bark of trees, and in rare cases can cause pneumonia in people whose immunity lowered due to HIV infection or receiving immunosuppressive drugs after organ transplantation.

However, in 1999, Cryptococcus gattii has been found in uncharacteristically temperate climates in Canada Vancouver Island. Since then, the surrounding areas periodically recorded cases of disease caused. Fungus spores enter the body from inhaled air and can be done nothing to show for a long time.

Anrey Torbinski
2010-04-23 16:37, Society.

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