1993 Volume 46 Issue 5 Pages 417-419
Fecal specimens from small birds in pet shops in Miyazaki City were examined for Cryptococcus neoformans from April to July 1990. The isolates were examined for antibiotic susceptibility and pathogenicity for mice. Out of 69 fecal samples from 30 different species of small birds, 16 (23.2%) of 11 species (36.7%) were positive for C. neoformans. These strains were isolated from 7 of 10 pet shops, and the isolation rate varied from 9.0 to 44.4%. The isolates were sensitive to amphotericin-B and nystatin, but not to griseofulvin. Although pathogenicity for mice was rather low, the organisms were frequentlyrecovered from the organs including the brain even at 20 days following intra-peritoneal inoculation.