Histoplasmosis (Histoplasma capsulatum)

Histoplasmosis (Histoplasma capsulatum) is caused by a fungus that is found in the environment. Some animals (such as mice, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, squirrels, non-human primates, birds, cats, dogs, and ferrets) can also get the bacteria from rats and then infect people. It is a rare disease in the United States, but is being seen more often with the increased popularity of pet rats.

Updated Monday, January 27, 2014 at 08:29AM