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Med Mycol Case Rep. 2013 Oct 31;2:159-62. doi: 10.1016/j.mmcr.2013.10.002. eCollection 2013 Oct 31.

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

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1
California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS), San Bernardino branch. University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
2
Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
3
Private Practitioner, Somis, CA, USA.

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.

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Abortion; Alpaca; Camelids; Coccidioides spp.

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