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Blastomycosis Confirmed in Vilas County, Wisconsin
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:17:03 AM »
Blastomycosis Confirmed in Vilas County
via WJFW (http://www.wjfw.com/email_story.html?SKU=20120911175857)

 A dangerous fungal infection has been confirmed in Vilas County. A 15-year-old Lac du Flambeau boy is being treated at a hospital in Milwaukee for Blastomycosis.

While it's not common, Wisconsin health officials still see cases every year. The infection primarily affects the lungs and skin. It's caused by mold growing in damp soil with decomposing organic material, like rotting wood by a riverbed.

People often find out it's in an area from their pets.

"Dogs get it quite often because they dig in the dirt. And they sniff and then get it into their lungs," says Public Health Nurse Dawn Van Den Heuvel.

The disease cannot be passed person to person.

Symptoms can vary but often include a cough that won't go away.

"As the disease progresses the symptoms get more serious. Obviously if that cough isn't going away, if you start coughing up blood or get chills, and feeling really really poorly, then you need to go to the doctor," says Van Den Heuvel.

If left untreated it can be deadly. The safest thing to do is avoid digging in damp moldy areas.

 

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