Environmental isolation of Cryptococcus neoformans from an endemic region of HIV-associated cryptococcosis in Thailand



We successfully isolated Cryptococcus neoformans from chicken faeces in suburban areas of Thailand. C. neoformans was isolated from 36/150 houses (24.0%) in the dry season and 6/150 (4.0%) in the rainy season. All environmental isolates were of serotype A. The high isolation rate of 24% from chicken faeces has never been reported previously. Our environmental study could probably explain the high incidence of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV patients in Thailand. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.