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 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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The National Institutes of Health is looking for cryptococcosis patients to join a study to explore susceptibility and new treatments. Learn more about the study on ClinicalTrials.govexternal icon.