Message Number: FHL13040 | New FHL Archives Search
From: Sukie Crandall
Date: 2011-03-18 03:47:59 UTC
Subject: [ferrethealth] abstract
To: fhl <>

> Med Mycol. 2011 Mar 14. [Epub ahead of print]
> Cryptococcus gattii infection in a Spanish pet ferret (Mustela putorius f=
uro) and asymptomatic carriage in ferrets and humans from its environment.
> Morera N, Juan-Sall=E9s C, Torres JM, Andreu M, S=E1nchez M, Zamora MA, F=
rancisca Colom M.
> *Cl=EDnica Ex=F2tics, Barcelona.
> Abstract
> A domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo) was presented with lymphadenopa=
thy and acute bilateral blindness. Cytologic evaluation and biopsy of an af=
fected lymph node revealed pyogranulomatous lymphadenitis with intralesiona=
l yeast consistent with Cryptococcus sp. Subsequent studies demonstrated Cr=
yptococcus gattii serotype B VGI/AFLP4 as the causative agent. The ferret w=
as treated with fluconazole and prednisone. After one month of therapy, an =
improvement of the clinical symptoms was detected although blindness persis=
ted. Seven months after presentation, the disease progressed to a severe ne=
urologic condition, and it was euthanized. Postmortem exam revealed dissemi=
nated cryptococcosis with prominent neurologic involvement. Nasal swabs of =
other ferrets and humans from the same household revealed that two ferrets =
and two humans to be asymptomatic carriers of the same strain of cryptococc=
us as the necropsied ferret. These findings stress the importance of veteri=
nary diagnostic work with pets and epidemiological investigations for disea=
se prevention in them and in their owners.
> PMID: 21395475 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Sukie (not a vet)

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