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


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.


Abortion; Alpaca; Camelids; Coccidioides spp.

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