Cryptococcosis

Impacts

Cats, Humans, Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Goats, Pigs, Dogs, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, and Other Mammals

Overview / Symptoms

  • Caused by a fungus, Cryptococcus neoformans
  • Found in the feces of birds such as canaries, budgerigars, parrots, cockatoos, parakeets, chickens, sparrows, starlings, and turtledoves, but is most commonly encountered from the droppings of pigeons
  • The fungus is primarily transmitted via inhalation
  • Disease is most often reported in cats, but can infect cattle, dogs, ferrets, guinea pigs, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, and other mammals
  • Humans can get cryptococcosis, but it is only dangerous to those with weakened immune systems