Is cryptococcus neoformans a germ?

Cryptococcus. The organism is a yeast found in the environment (often linked to pigeon droppings) that can cause meningitis particularly in those with impaired immune systems such as organ transplant recipients and patients with untreated HIV infection.
No. Cryptococcus neoformans is an encapsulated yeast that can live in both plants and animals.
... Cryptococcus is a fungus that can cause infection in humans. Cryptococcus neoformans can cause meningitis, lung and skin infections more commonly in those with HIV or other conditions with weakened immune systems. Cryptococcus gattii has caused infections in people with normal immune system in the U.S. Pacific northwest.

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Is cryptococcus neoformans a bad infection?

Yes. The fungus had previously affected only people with weakened immune systems. It is absorbed through the lungs and the symptoms of infection, which can appear two to several months after exposure, can include chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever and a cough lasting weeks. Read more...

CULT FUNGI Result 1 Colony Sterile mold, does not produce conidia necessary for identification. 1 Colony Yeast not Cryptococcus neoformans. Explain?

Petri dish jargon. This is the microbiologist's report on two single colonies of different fungi. One is a yeast form and one is a mould. Neither can be identified as to what 'species' it is, but it doesn't matter since these are what we call 'contaminants'. I suspect this was a 'sputum' sample? This occurs quite commonly in those specimens. If you're not feeling well, good to see the doc who ordered the test. Read more...