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Fungal Pathogen: Cryptococcus neoformans

Choose any one of the fungal pathogens and discuss its appearance, staining reaction, culture characteristics, disease caused, and epidemiology characteristics (where is it common, who is at risk).

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Fungal Pathogen chosen: Cryptococcus neoformans

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that caused the disease Cryptococcosis. It infects humans and animals and affect people who have weakened immune systems. Those who have HIV are more susceptible to the infection. It is usually found in the soil throughout the world. The microscopic airborned fungal spores usually infected people who inhaled them. The fungus spores causes symptoms of the lung infection and spread to other parts of the body. The fungal spores are found in bird droppings or in soil contaminated with ...

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The solution provides an explanation of the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans that causes a devastating disease in immunocompromised people. It is found mostly in bird's droppings and its spores are inhaled by people who eventually developed the fungal disease. It causes fungal meningitis in HIV/AIDS patients. Its symptom includes shortness of breath, cough, and fever.