What is required?
All cryptococcal infections are reportable. C. gattii is an emerging infection in Oregon and the greater Pacific Northwest region and is being closely monitored by the Oregon Public Health Division's Emerging Infection Program. Please contact the on-call state epidemiologist regarding any suspect cases.
Specimen testing is free of charge.
Currently we are asking that all isolates identified as C. neoformans
be sent to the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory for further speciation. When sending isolates please fill out the General Microbiology Request Form
and check the box for EIP Organism under the "Emerging Infections Program Studies" section. On the blank line next to EIP Organism, please write in Cryptococcus
All animal specimens and isolates can be identified as C. neoformans
at Oregon State University. When sending isolates please fill out the Diagonostic Laboratory Form
and check the Mycology box.
All isolates will be forwarded to CDC mycology laboratory for Genotyping.