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Title: Pigeons and other birds as a reservoir for Cryptococcus spp
Authors: Rosario, Inmaculada 
Acosta, Begona 
Colom, Francisca
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: 1130-1406
Journal: Revista Iberoamericana de Micologia 
Abstract: In the last 25 years, the cases of human and animal cryptococcosis have increased significantly. This is mostly due to the improvement in the survival of immunocompromised patients. The disease is frequently related to the exposure of this type of patients to avian droppings. Among birds, pigeon -Columba livia- is undoubtedly the most important reservoir for the Cryptococcus species. Nevertheless, the study of a large number of bird's species demonstrated that pigeons are not the only Cryptococcus spp. carriers. The suspicion of the birds being the source for the infection is now becoming a demonstrable fact thanks to the use of molecular typing methods. These methods allow the comparison between strains from birds to patients living around them, with high level of discrimination. ©2008 Revista Iberoamericana de Micología.
ISSN: 1130-1406
Source: Revista Iberoamericana De Micologia[ISSN 1130-1406],v. 25 (1), p. S13-S18
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