and Cryptococcus gattii
are important agents of meningoencephalitis in humans in the city of Belém. This clinical data suggests that the region may be a highly endemic area for the pathogenic Cryptococcus
species within the state of Pará (PA), Northern Brazil. Preliminary analysis of 11 environmental samples from the city of Belém showed two positive locations, including a hollow of a kassod tree (Senna siamea) colonized simultaneously by C. gattii
molecular type VGII and C. neoformans
molecular type VNI, and a birdcage in a commercial aviary positive for C. neoformans
, molecular type VNI. This is the first evidence of an environmental occurrence of molecular types VNI and VGII in PA.