Fungal infections in mustelids
Fungi are a member of a large group of eukaryotic organisms that includes microorganisms such as yeasts and molds. They are symbionts of plants, animals and other fungi.
Fungi commonly cause superficial skin diseases in mustelids but are responsible for severe and often fatal systemic infections.
Fungal infections reported as pathogenic in mustelids include:
|Blastomyces dermatitidis||Skin, systemic||Blastomycosis|
|Cryptococcus spp||Lymph nodes, systemic||Lymphadenopathy, chorioretinits, meningitis|
|Malassezia spp||Skin||Seborrhea, otitis externa|
This usually presents as systemic infections with pneumonia predominating.
Most are advanced at the time of diagnosis and have a poor refractory response to treatment.
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