Skip directly to local search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Etymologia

Etymologia: Cryptococcus gattii
[krip′′to-kok′әs ga-te-i]

Article Contents

Carol Snarey

This yeast genus takes its name from the Greek kryptos, hidden, and kokkos, berry. This pathogen has been recently recognized as a distinct species that causes infection (with cutaneous, pulmonary, and neurologic manifestations) in both humans and animals. The species was named for Italian mycologist Franco Gatti who, with Roger Eeckels, described an atypical strain of C. neoformans in the cerebrospinal fluid of a Congolese Bantu boy with cryptococcosis in 1970.

DOI: 10.3201/eid1602.ET1602

Sources: Vanbruseghem R, Takashio M. An atypical strain of Cryptococcus neoformans (San Felice) Vuillemin 1894. Part II. Cryptococcus neoformans var gattii var. nov. Am Soc Belge Med Trop. 1970;50:695–702; Springer DJ, Chaturvedi V. Projecting global occurrence of Cryptococcus gattii. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010;16:14–20; Dorland’s illustrated medical dictionary, 31st ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.

Related Links

Top of Page

Table of Contents – Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010

Comments to the EID Editors

Please contact the EID Editors via our Contact Form.

 

Past Issues

Select a Past Issue:

World Malaria Day - April 25, 2014 - Invest in the future, defeat malaria

20th Anniversary - National Infant Immunization Week - Immunization. Power to Protect.

Art in Science - Selections from Emerging Infectious Diseases
Now available for order



CDC 24/7 – Saving Lives, Protecting People, Saving Money. Learn More About How CDC Works For You…

USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO