Case report: Abortion and disseminated infection by Coccidioides posadasii in an alpaca (Vicugna pacos) fetus in Southern California

Santiago S Diab, Suzanne M. Johnson, Jorge Garcia, Erin L. Carlson, Demosthenes Pappagianis, Jana Smith, Francisco A Uzal

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Abstract

Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal disease affecting humans and other mammals caused by the soil-dwelling fungi Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. Abortion due to Coccidioides spp. infection is rare in domestic animals and transplacental transmission is considered uncommon in women. This report describes a case of placental-fetal infection and abortion in an alpaca with disseminated C. posadasii infection. PCR amplification and DNA sequencing were used to confirm the etiology, C. posadasii, in fetal tissues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-162
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Mycology Case Reports
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Abortion
  • Alpaca
  • Camelids
  • Coccidioides spp.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology

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