Life threatening tropical fungus seen in Pacific Northwest

Fungus tissueResearchers are now reporting that a potentially lethal fungus normally found in the tropics has established a foothold on the Pacific Coast of British Columbia and has slowly made its way southward into Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

In 2004, the strain of the fungus that moved into the U. S. It may be noted that the fungus has also infected many different species of mammals and that five of the 21 people who contracted the fungus in the U. S have dies
(about 25%) , compared with 8.7% of the 218 infected people in Canada.

According to the mycologist Karen Bartlett of University of British Columbia, said, “This is really big news in the world of people who study [fungi].It's of clinical health importance because of the fact that the diagnosis can potentially be missed by physicians and veterinarians" because they don't know about this new fungus. Epidemiologist Julie Harris of the mycotic diseases branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"This is a serious infection, but so far it's a rare infection”.

Byrnes and his colleagues seems to have mutated relatively recently, and has appeared in humans as well as in acts in cats, dogs , and other animals. Christina Hull, PhD, an assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health , In Madison said , “The mutation "is causing major illness in the region, and it's different from what's causing disease on Vancouver Island,”.

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