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Cryptococcosis in Gilbert's and long-nosed potoroo

Vaughan, R.J.ORCID: 0000-0001-7609-9818, Vitali, S.D., Eden, P.A., Payne, K.L., Warren, K.S.ORCID: 0000-0002-9328-2013, Forshaw, D., Friend, J.A., Horwitz, A.M., Main, C., Krockenberger, M.B. and Malik, R. (2007) Cryptococcosis in Gilbert's and long-nosed potoroo. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 38 (4). pp. 567-573.

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Two cases of fatal cryptococcosis are described, one of Cryptococcus neoformans infection in a Gilbert's potoroo (Potorous gilbertii) and one of Cryptococcus gattii infection in a long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus). The diagnoses were confirmed by culture and specific immunohistochemistry, respectively. The long-nosed potoroo tested positive using the latex cryptococcal antigen test (LCAT), whereas the Gilbert's potoroo had a negative LCAT result despite having advanced disease of some duration. In both cases, the clinical presentation was a progressive neurologic disease associated with a central nervous system infection. Pulmonary infection was also observed in the long-nosed potoroo. Specific treatment with antifungal agents was unsuccessful in the long-nosed potoroo.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Publisher: American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Copyright: 2007 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.
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