Skip to comments.Potentially deadly fungus spreading in U.S. and Canada
Posted on 04/23/2010 2:17:33 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday.
The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, usually only infects transplant and AIDS patients and people with otherwise compromised immune systems, but the new strain is genetically different, the researchers said.
"This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people," said Edmond Byrnes of Duke University in North Carolina, who led the study.
"The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C. gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout this temperate region," the researchers said in their report, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens here
"Our findings suggest further expansion into neighboring regions is likely to occur and aim to increase disease awareness in the region."
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My toes HAVE been itching.
I have heard a lot about fungus infections that can cause a myriad of health concerns, but I rarely hear about it from mainstream doctors, usually from people who see alternative medicine folks.
Is this like the bird flu? or any number of other crises that cannot go to waste?
It’s what happens when irresponsible people with “compromised immunity” continue to participate in “alternative” lifestyles, all while pumped with anti-virals, anti-biotics, and anti-fungals.
Superbugs jump from their diseased bodies into the general population
So... There’s a fungus among us.
Sorry couldn’t help it.
Sort of like that nightmare killer H1N1 that wasn’t???
It’s evolution 101.
It’s been reported that it’s been here for ten years and so far five people have died from it ...
I wonder how much it cost taxpayers to dispose of all the unused vaccine?
"It's Always Something".
We'll need a new government agency staffed with more Obama Commies to address this 'disease.'
That is a catastrophic epidemic
21 cases, 6 deaths. Hardly the Black Death.
A crisis that cannot go to waste
"Mainstream medicine" knows all about it but there isn't much treatment available.
It’s not a tumor! It’s a fungus!
A fungus among us!
Mayhap a Fungus Czar?
And they had to get in that little “Climate Change” prod too.
To be perfectly honest, it is a little worrisome- it’s not a flash in the pan like a virus. It’ll establish itself in the environment and be here to stay.
I guess the best analogy would be West Nile- it’s not the end of the world, but it is here to stay, and it will get some people, just not many.
“...Freezing can kill the fungus and climate change may be helping it spread, the researchers said.”
Interesting non-sequiteur on that last gratuitous sentence where the reporter just couldn’t resist putting something in there that proved beyond doubt that they were in the Obama IQ set.
Note the use of the term “climate change” as bad and freezing as good.
I thought “climate change” implied warming (you know, that one that all “scientists” claiming it would get an F in physics 101 if they tried that bull-Obama in a class).
“The Killer Fungus from Saskatoon”
Sounds like a boffo second feature at the drive-in this summer (following on the bill after America’s #1 raging blockbuster, “Invasion of the Money Snatchers”)
I guess the people who take immunosuppressant drugs like Enbrel for arthritis had better watch out.
Tinactin will do the job.
That’s what I am wondering. I don’t watch morning TV shows because they are disease-mongers.
I nominate Tony "El Puto" Villaraigosa, so we can get rid of him as L.A. mayor.
ouch. my son takes that. too bad I can’t open the link
I heard it is caused by global warming and causes people to become homosexuals.
The usual piece of crap to scare everybody.
You are correct.
I thought Evo Morales said chickens caused homosexuality?
Indeed. I does like a movie that Joe Bob Briggs would review and MST3K would riff.
I’m more worried about the spread of the fungus Cryptobamus Status which unchecked leads to the death of Liberty.
Dittos and I think that is why the media propaganda machine wants our attention elsewhere.
Worse than the H1N1 -— Good Grief! Get the UN involved, close schools, Close Chippendales!!!! No, wait .....
Let have anonther Olympics there to spread the carp even further worldwide. The starvation of the American people is next. Unfortunately, hardly anyone sees it. They’re too busy being the good shhep that they are.
Less than 1% of the people who get Valley Fever die from it. Not exactly a raging epidemic, but I wouldn’t say nobody.
The truth is, if we taught real science to our kids they would understand this stuff and they could sift thru the information that was tossed out by the media and know what they needed to worry about and what was just interesting trivia.
Let’s make a VACCINE !
Not exactly. People do die from it.
“In 2007, there were 36 deaths due to valley fever, and the mortality rate was 0.6 deaths per 100,000 population.”
From the Arizona Valley fever Report of 2007 - these 36 deaths were in Arizona only.
Some think it was WNV that killed Alexander The Great.
Not quite twenty years ago I lived in the Northwest. Had a really dirty, hot, nasty job for several years in an OSB plant. Picked up a fungal ear infection. The docs kept treating me for a viral infection, which helped not at all. Finally one of them figured it out and treated me appropriately. Seriously, I thought I was going to die.
Did it originate in Kenya?
Diagnosis is the true art of medicine. A good diagnostician is what you want!!
A mortality rate of 33% isn’t something to sneeze at.
Ping For later
I’m going on vacation to southern Vancouver Island next week, where the fungus has been for 10 years. And I’m going for the camping and hiking, so I’ll be right in the middle.
Sure hope this thing doesn’t release the spores until summer.
Response: I wonder in what Third World Hell Hole this one developed?
Another CIA creation. Bush’s fault.