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C. neoformans Infection

Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that lives in the environment throughout the world. People can become infected with C. neoformans after breathing in the microscopic fungus, although most people who are exposed to the fungus never get sick from it. C. neoformans infections are extremely rare in people who are otherwise healthy; most cases occur in people who have weakened immune systems, particularly those who have advanced HIV/AIDS.

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C. neoformans Infection Topics

A photomicrograph of Cryptococcus neoformans using a light India ink staining preparation. Credit: CDC/ Dr. Leanor Haley.Definition

What is C. neoformans infection?

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Learn about C. neoformans infection symptoms

Dipstick testRisk & Prevention

Who is at risk?

A diagram showing aspergilloma affecting human lung.Sources of Infection

How do people get C. neoformans infection?

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How is C. neoformans infection diagnosed?

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Antifungal treatment

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Technical information about C. neoformans infection

A pie chart graphic of global burden of HIV-related cryptococcal meningitisStatistics

How common is C. neoformans infection?

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