Locality: Evergreen, Colorado
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: I have no doubt that Curby inhaled the blasto spores during a visit to our camp on Lake of the Woods, Kenora District, Ontario, CA in July. We were dismantling a large beaver dam from under our dock, piling the logs on the nearby rocks to dry before carrying to a burn pile. Those logs and sticks were HEAVEN to dig through for a lab!
Symptoms: In mid-September, Curby showed a little fatigue (in hind sight), then a cough with yellow sputum for about a week. He then had a high fever, ceased eating and drinking, and was motionless basically; x-rays showed pneumonia (non-classic of blasto) and a fungul lesion (identified later). Failed to respond to antibiotics during next week and admitted to hospital for weekend. I insisted on urine antigen test for blasto which came out "High Positive."
Treatment: Upon diagnosis, 100 mg Itraconazole 3x day for 5 days, now 100 mg 2x day. Prednisone for inflammation (currently .5 tab 1x day), tramadol for pain (3x day)
Cost of Treatment: Prior to diagnosis, $4000 for vet visits, hospitalizations, antibiotics, xrays. Since diagnosis of blasto, $1500 for vet visits, hospitalization, etc. So far $1000 for meds, ongoing costs of $200/month for itraconazole.