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Title: Presence of C. albidus, C. laurentii and C. uniguttulatus in crop and droppings of pigeon lofts (Columba livia)
Authors: Rosario, I. 
Soro, G.
Déniz, S. 
Ferrer, O. 
Acosta, F. 
Padilla, D. 
Acosta, B. 
Keywords: Primary Cutaneous Cryptococcosis
Fungemia, et al
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: 0301-486X
Journal: Mycopathologia 
Abstract: Columba livia is an important reservoir and carrier of Cryptococcus neoformans, Cryptococcus uniguttulatus, Cryptococcus laurentii and Cryptococcus albidus. Upper digestive tract of this species is also known as a habitat for Cryptococcus neoformans. Given the increasing clinical interest of this microorganism, 331 swabs from crop and 174 dropping samples from pigeon lofts in Grand Canary Island have been studied. The obtained results show an extensive presence samples 81 positive (24.47%) of Cryptococcus spp. in analysed crops: 32 (9.66%) for C. neoformans, 24 (7.2%) for C. uniguttulatus, 23 (6.9%) for C. albidus and 2 (0.6%) for C. laurentii. In the same way, Cryptococcus spp was also isolated in 82 (47.13%), dropping samples: C. neoformans in 59 (33.9%), C. uniguttulatus, in 9 (5.17%), C. laurentii in 8 (4.59%) and C. albidus in 6 (3.44%) of the investigated samples, respectively. The cryptococcosis produced by species of cryptococci other than C. neoformans has become more important during the last decade, supporting the study on the role of pigeon in the epidemiology of this disease.
ISSN: 0301-486X
DOI: 10.1007/s11046-009-9262-0
Source: Mycopathologia[ISSN 0301-486X],v. 169, p. 315-319
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