Symptoms of C. gattii cryptococcosis
The most common symptoms of C. gattii infection include shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, fever, and headache. C. gattii can also infect the central nervous system and cause inflammation of the brain and meninges, which is called meningoencephalitis. Symptoms of a central nervous system infection may also include altered mental status. Disseminated infection can lead also lead to cryptococcomas (fungal growths) in the lungs, skin, brain or other organs.
Symptoms of C. gattii infection are estimated to begin anywhere from 2 to 14 months after exposure to the fungus. If you experience symptoms that you think may be caused by C. gattii, it is important to see a doctor right away.