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What is Cryptococcosis?

Cryptococcosis, or cryptococcal disease, is a fungal disease associated with droppings and also grows in soils throughout the world. It is very unlikely that healthy people will become infected even at high levels of exposure. A major risk factor for infection is a compromised immune system.

It is caused by one of three species; Cryptococcus neoformans, Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus grubii.


  • Blurred vision or double vision
  • Bone pain or tenderness of the breastbone
  • Chest pain
  • Confusion
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash - pinpoint red spots
  • Sweating
  • Swollen glands
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Weakness


Some infections require no treatment. Even so, there should be regular check-ups for a full year to make sure the infection has not spread. If there are lung lesions or the disease spreads, anti-fungal medications are prescribed. These drugs may need to be taken for a long time.

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