Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

p. 247-249

Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus albidus in captive domestic pigeon (Columba livia)

Werther, Karinde Sousa, ElianeR. F. Alves Júnior, JoséA. Ardisson, FranciscaJ. S. M. Giannini, Maria

Cryptococcosis in animals is an important fungal disease caused by the encapsulated yeast Cryptococcus neoformans. This report describes the occurrence of Cryptococcus gattii and Cryptococcus albidus in domestic pigeon (Columba livia), living together with other birds in a breeding center. The animal presented a pinkish, vascularized mass with gelatinous aspect localized subcutaneously under the right lower eyelid, with approximately 2cm in diameter. At microbiological exam it was isolated Cryptococcus gatti from the eyelid mass, lungs and liver, C. albidus from the trachea and both Cryptococcus species from muscle and kidney. 

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