, Volume 174, Issue 1, pp 87–92 | Cite as

Cryptococcus gattii Infection in an Immunocompetent Patient from Southern Italy

  • Roberta IattaEmail author
  • Ferry Hagen
  • Cecilia Fico
  • Nunzia Lopatriello
  • Teun Boekhout
  • Maria Teresa Montagna


Cryptococcus gattii has becoming more prevalent in temperate climate zones, during the past decades. We describe a C. gattii serotype B infection in an immunocompetent Italian patient with sclerosing cholangitis. The patient traveled once to Eastern Canada and otherwise no other countries than Italy were visited. Molecular analysis revealed that the C. gattii isolate belong to genotype AFLP4/VGI and has mating-type α which is the most common genotype in the Mediterranean environment. The C. gattii strain was found to be closely related, but not identical, to other C. gattii strains from the Mediterranean area.


Cryptococcus gattii Cryptococcosis Molecular type Italy Infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Iatta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ferry Hagen
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cecilia Fico
    • 4
  • Nunzia Lopatriello
    • 5
  • Teun Boekhout
    • 2
  • Maria Teresa Montagna
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology, Section of Hygiene“Aldo Moro” University of BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Yeast and Basidiomycete ResearchCBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity CentreUtrechtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Canisius Wilhelmina HospitalNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Infectious DiseaseTriggiano HospitalBariItaly
  5. 5.Laboratory of Clinical PathologyTriggiano HospitalBariItaly

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