More About Cryptococcus gattii

When Mike became sick and wasn't getting a diagnosis from doctors, I went on-line and began researching his symptoms on medical sites. Because of where we live, his symptoms and the fact that Mike was such an outdoors person, my mother's instinct led me to searching for information on Cryptococcus gattii (C. gattii). I knew about C. gattii because of the media attention it received in 2002 when it was discovered in a park along the east coast of Vancouver Island. At age 26 and healthy, Mike did not fit 'the profile' of those considered at risk for this disease.

C. gattii information is now easy to locate with sites such as the B.C. Centre for Disease Control keeping their information up to date. The very important fact that Cryptococcus gattii affects both immunocompetent (healthy immune system) and people with compromised immune systems is stated on BCCDC as well as most other medical websites.

C. gattii has been reportable in B.C. since 2003. It is not reportable across Canada. There are individuals who have contracted this disease while visiting Vancouver Island but they are not included in the statistics. You can view the statistics up to and including 2017 by following links on the BCCDC site.

IF WE ONLY KNEW THEN WHAT WE KNOW TODAY.

WE MISS YOU SO MUCH MIKE AND WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.