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1 October 2012 Cryptococcus albidus Infection in a California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)
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Sporadic cases of cryptococcosis have been reported in marine mammals, typically due to Cryptococcus neoformans and, more recently, to Cryptococcus gattii in cetaceans. Cryptococcus albidus, a ubiquitous fungal species not typically considered to be pathogenic, was recovered from a juvenile California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) rescued near San Francisco Bay, California. Yeast morphologically consistent with a Cryp-tococcus sp. was identified histologically in a lymph node and C. albidus was identified by an rDNA sequence from the lung. Infection with C. albidus was thought to have contributed to mortality in this sea lion, along with concurrent bacterial pneumonia. Cryptococcus albidus should be considered as a potential pathogen with a role in marine mammal morbidity and mortality.
Shannon Mcleland, Colleen Duncan, Terry Spraker, Elizabeth Wheeler, Shawn R. Lockhart and Frances Gulland "Cryptococcus albidus Infection in a California Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(4), (1 October 2012). https://doi.org/10.7589/2011-08-226
Received: 2 August 2011; Accepted: 1 March 2012; Published: 1 October 2012
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