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Volume 16, Number 2—February 2010
Etymologia

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

Carol Snarey

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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.

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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.

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