Chuck

Species: Human

Sex: Male

Age: 40

Year: 2009

Country: U.S.A.

Locality: International Falls MN

Survived?: Yes

Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes

Where Caught: Our home is on the shores of Rainy Lake, and we spend time on our family island on Rainy during the summer. Not sure of exact source, my dog was diagnosed first (September), then my niece(mid October) then me (beginning of Nov).

Symptoms: Exhaustion
ongoing unproductive cough
Pain in back and shoulders
Night sweats
Intermittant Fever
Loss of appetite
Chest pains due to the affected lung pressing on the heart causing irratation

Treatment: Started IV Ambisome in hospital (4 day stay cardiac unit after chest pains. Had severe reactions and was taken off after 3 tx.(Rigors/ Rash)
Now on Intraconozole
Tussen Pearls for the cough - they help
Benedryl for the extreme rashing
HydroCodone for the pain for now

Cost of Treatment: Not known at this time. We have good insurance but the hospital bills have not reached us yet. The cost of the Intra I know is $176/mth and would be $800+ without insurance. I am sure it will be very expensive in the end. Our dog's treatment cost is already nearing $2600

Additional Comments: One other family member showing symptoms, not diagnosed yet

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