Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: At the end of 1991/begining of 1992 - I was working as a Medical Records Clerk at The Milwaukee County Medical Complex (later referred to as - John L. Doyne Hospital). My desk was directly below an air duct, and I believe that my exposure to "blastomycosis" was do to the fact that it was present in the hospital's ventilation system (a theory I was never able to prove). I subsequently learned that the county had just dug up an old "paupers field" - on the hospital grounds - and I believe that it was source for the fungus getting into the ventilation system.
Symptoms: Flu/Pneumonia like symptoms, Spot on lung, Blastomycosis blemish on nose, Swollen left knee, Swollen right foot
Treatment: 3.5 weeks in the hospital (3.5 days in the ICU unit), On oxygen - during the entire hospital stay, 7 operations (2 on my left knee, 2 on my right foot, 1 on my lungs, 2 to place and remove a "Hickman" catheter), 4 or 5 months treatment with the antibiotic Amphotericin
Cost of Treatment: Unknown
Additional Comments: I believe that the hospital bureaucracy covered up what was really taking place (concerning the blastomycosis being in the ventilation system) in order to not be liable for my and other people's injuries. I was eventually fired because: I "blew the whistle" on what was really taking place.