The fungal pathogen Cryptococcus gattii may be endemic in US regions beyond the Pacific Northwest, where an outbreak has been ongoing since 2004.
According to a report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, 25 C gattii infections have occurred in 8 states outside of the outbreak region since 2009. Because these cases have a different genetic pattern and distinct clinical symptoms, researchers said it’s unlikely that the more recent cases are related to the outbreak.
Fungal Infections Extend Beyond Pacific Northwest Outbreak Region. JAMA. 2013;310(18):1913. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280679