Case Report

Cryptococcosis in captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) : two cases : case report

L.A. Bolton, R.G. Lobetti, D.N. Evezard, J.A. Picard, J.W. Nesbit, J. Van Heerden, R.E.J. Burroughs
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 70, No 1 | a748 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jsava.v70i1.748 | © 1999 L.A. Bolton, R.G. Lobetti, D.N. Evezard, J.A. Picard, J.W. Nesbit, J. Van Heerden, R.E.J. Burroughs | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 July 1999 | Published: 12 July 1999

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L.A. Bolton,
R.G. Lobetti,
D.N. Evezard,
J.A. Picard,
J.W. Nesbit,
J. Van Heerden,
R.E.J. Burroughs,

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Abstract

Cryptococcus neoformans is a yeast-like organism associated with pulmonary, meningoencephalitic, or systemic disease. This case report documents 2 cases of cryptococcosis with central nervous system involvement in captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). In both cases the predominant post mortal lesions were pulmonary cryptococcomas and extensive meningoencephalomyelitis. Both cheetahs tested negative for feline immunodeficiency virus and feline leukaemia virus. The organism isolated in Case 2 was classified as Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii, which is mainly associated with disease in immunocompetent hosts.

Keywords

Acinonyx Jubatus; Cheetah; Cryptococcus Neoformans Var Gattii; Meningoencephalomyelitis

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