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Cryptococcosis: The Owner and His Cat

Jagarlamudi, Rajasekhar MD*†; Malani, Anurag N. MD*†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3182424151
Case Reports
Abstract

Abstract: We report pulmonary cryptococcosis in an elderly man. His cat was found to have cryptococcosis 2 months earlier. Our case highlights the importance of an illness in a pet as a “sentinel event” warning to owners that they may be at increased risk for similar infection given common environmental exposure.

In Brief

Jagarlamaudi and Malani report a case of pulmonary cryptococcosis in an elderly male. His cat was found to have cryptococcosis two months earlier. Cryptococcosis is the most common systemic mycoses in cats, and the number of feline cases far exceeds those of all other species. Their case highlights the importance of an illness in a pet as a “sentinel event” warning to owners that they may be at increased risk for similar infection given common environmental exposure.

Author Information

From the *Department of Internal Medicine, and †Section of Infectious Diseases, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI.

Correspondence to: Anurag Malani, MD, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Suite 3106, 5333 McAuley Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. E-mail: malanian@umich.edu.

No financial support was given for this study.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.