Fungal meningitis has been on the rise in the United States due to opportunistic infection with Cryptococcus neoformans in people weakened by AIDS. In these patients, it is often fatal. It can be treated with the antifungals amphotericin B and fluconazole. Other causes include coccidioidomycosis and histoplasmosis.
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