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Health Agencies Update
March 27, 2013

Fungal Infection in Florida

JAMA. 2013;309(12):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.2584

A rare fungal infection typically seen only in the Pacific Northwest has been identified in a patient in Florida, according to a report by scientists from the University of South Florida and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An outbreak of human infections with Cryptococcus gattii has been ongoing in the Pacific Northwest since 2004, and sporadic cases have been reported in North Carolina, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Michigan, Georgia, and Montana, according to the researchers (Kunadharaju R et al. Emerg Infect Dis. doi: 10.3201/eid1903.121399 [published online February 13, 2013]).