Infectious Agents

Cryptococcus gattii (C. gattii) is yeast that can be found in soil, trees and bird droppings in certain temperate regions of British Columbia. When the spores of the yeast are inhaled they can infect the central nervous system, lung and skin in both humans and animals.

SARS is a droplet-spread viral illness that emerged in Guangdong Province of southern China in November 2002. In less than a year, cases were identified in 26 countries, illustrating the speed at which an emerging infection can spread around the globe via international air routes.