Prototheca Algae

Protothecosis-A Case History

Protothecosis is an emerging environmental algal disease of humans, and animals caused by Prototheca species which are unicellular, saprophytic algae that does not produce chlorophyl. Human infections are primarily caused by Prototheca wickerhamii, where as animal disease is mainly due to Prototheca zopfii. The disease can occur in sporadic as well as in epidemic form.