Cryptococcus gattii and Trees

Today I stumbled across this story on NPR about the source of Cryptococcus gattii (formerly Cryptococcus neoformans var gattii) infections in California. The short answer: trees. What’s notable about this discovery? A high-school student (Elan Filler) is a co-author of the paper.

You can read the paper in PLOS Pathogens.

You can read about this organism, diagnostic testing, and treatment on the CDC website.



Kelly Swails, MT(ASCP), is a laboratory professional, recovering microbiologist, and web editor for Lab Medicine.

Confirmed Case of MERS-CoV in the United States

Today, the CDC and the Indiana State Department of Health announced the first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States at a community hospital in Munster, Indiana. The patient is currently in good condition.

If you’d like more information about MERS-CoV and how laboratory professionals should treat specimens from suspected cases, see Lab Medicine’s MERS information page.