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Potentially deadly fungus spreading in U.S. and Canada
Reuters ^ | April 22, 2010 | Eric Beech

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Canada
KEYWORDS: cgattii; cryptococcusgattii; fungus; publichealth
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Health scare du jour, or for real, or semi-for real like "mad cow." ???
1 posted on 04/23/2010 2:17:33 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

My toes HAVE been itching.


2 posted on 04/23/2010 2:19:52 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


3 posted on 04/23/2010 2:20:02 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Is this like the bird flu? or any number of other crises that cannot go to waste?


4 posted on 04/23/2010 2:20:13 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: La Enchiladita

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


5 posted on 04/23/2010 2:21:29 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: La Enchiladita

So... There’s a fungus among us.
Sorry couldn’t help it.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 2:21:34 PM PDT by gdzla
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To: GeronL

Sort of like that nightmare killer H1N1 that wasn’t???


7 posted on 04/23/2010 2:21:50 PM PDT by jackv (The darkness hates the light!)
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To: Jewbacca

It’s evolution 101.


8 posted on 04/23/2010 2:22:02 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: La Enchiladita

It’s been reported that it’s been here for ten years and so far five people have died from it ...


9 posted on 04/23/2010 2:22:22 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Those That Turn Their Swords into Plows Will Plow For Those That Don't.)
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To: jackv

I wonder how much it cost taxpayers to dispose of all the unused vaccine?


10 posted on 04/23/2010 2:23:11 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: La Enchiladita
I swear:

"It's Always Something".

We'll need a new government agency staffed with more Obama Commies to address this 'disease.'

11 posted on 04/23/2010 2:23:43 PM PDT by blam
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To: SkyDancer
It’s been reported that it’s been here for ten years and so far five people have died from it ...

That is a catastrophic epidemic

12 posted on 04/23/2010 2:23:58 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: La Enchiladita
C. Gatti


13 posted on 04/23/2010 2:24:08 PM PDT by Daffynition ( In the span of one man's lifetime, only the individual has any potential - not the collective.)
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To: La Enchiladita

21 cases, 6 deaths. Hardly the Black Death.


14 posted on 04/23/2010 2:24:29 PM PDT by CholeraJoe ("And the pony looked a little bored...")
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To: blam

A crisis that cannot go to waste


15 posted on 04/23/2010 2:25:30 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: DonaldC
Fungal infections are prevalent in various climates but often present chronic low level symptoms. An example is coccidioidomycosis, endemic in the Southwest desert, commonly known as "valley fever," and affecting a large proportion of the population. Nobody dies from it, but it never completely goes away either.

"Mainstream medicine" knows all about it but there isn't much treatment available.

16 posted on 04/23/2010 2:26:37 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: La Enchiladita

It’s not a tumor! It’s a fungus!


17 posted on 04/23/2010 2:28:26 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A fungus among us!


18 posted on 04/23/2010 2:28:58 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: blam

Mayhap a Fungus Czar?


19 posted on 04/23/2010 2:29:53 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.

Oh well..


20 posted on 04/23/2010 2:31:03 PM PDT by verum ago (The United State Armed Forces: You mess with the best, you die like the rest!)
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To: La Enchiladita

“...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).


21 posted on 04/23/2010 2:31:22 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: La Enchiladita

“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”)


22 posted on 04/23/2010 2:31:51 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: La Enchiladita

I guess the people who take immunosuppressant drugs like Enbrel for arthritis had better watch out.


23 posted on 04/23/2010 2:34:09 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: tet68

Tinactin will do the job.


24 posted on 04/23/2010 2:34:25 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: GeronL

That’s what I am wondering. I don’t watch morning TV shows because they are disease-mongers.


25 posted on 04/23/2010 2:35:18 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: GeronL
shhhhhhhhhhhh!
"They want us to forget about that!
Don't spoil it for them...c'mon!!
'Hack
26 posted on 04/23/2010 2:37:21 PM PDT by dynamitehack (Socialists suck! (Mo*******d, too!!))
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To: Army Air Corps
Mayhap a Fungus Czar?

I nominate Tony "El Puto" Villaraigosa, so we can get rid of him as L.A. mayor.

27 posted on 04/23/2010 2:37:28 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: Sans-Culotte

ouch. my son takes that. too bad I can’t open the link


28 posted on 04/23/2010 2:42:15 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: GeronL

I heard it is caused by global warming and causes people to become homosexuals.


29 posted on 04/23/2010 2:43:48 PM PDT by donhunt (I used to have a US senator who lived in a compound.)
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To: La Enchiladita

The usual piece of crap to scare everybody.


30 posted on 04/23/2010 2:44:26 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: donhunt

You are correct.


31 posted on 04/23/2010 2:45:56 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: donhunt

I thought Evo Morales said chickens caused homosexuality?


32 posted on 04/23/2010 2:48:32 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com << Get your science fiction and fiction test marketed)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Indeed. I does like a movie that Joe Bob Briggs would review and MST3K would riff.


33 posted on 04/23/2010 2:49:44 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: La Enchiladita

I’m more worried about the spread of the fungus Cryptobamus Status which unchecked leads to the death of Liberty.


34 posted on 04/23/2010 2:50:39 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Dittos and I think that is why the media propaganda machine wants our attention elsewhere.


35 posted on 04/23/2010 2:55:11 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: GeronL

Worse than the H1N1 -— Good Grief! Get the UN involved, close schools, Close Chippendales!!!! No, wait .....


36 posted on 04/23/2010 2:55:49 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Those That Turn Their Swords into Plows Will Plow For Those That Don't.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


37 posted on 04/23/2010 2:56:42 PM PDT by hkp123
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To: hinckley buzzard

Less than 1% of the people who get Valley Fever die from it. Not exactly a raging epidemic, but I wouldn’t say nobody.


38 posted on 04/23/2010 2:58:50 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


39 posted on 04/23/2010 3:01:27 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Let’s make a VACCINE !


40 posted on 04/23/2010 3:01:46 PM PDT by traumer
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To: hinckley buzzard
Fungal infections are prevalent in various climates but often present chronic low level symptoms. An example is coccidioidomycosis, endemic in the Southwest desert, commonly known as “valley fever,” and affecting a large proportion of the population. Nobody dies from it, but it never completely goes away either.


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.

http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/epi/pdf/VF_Annual_Report_2007.pdf

41 posted on 04/23/2010 3:02:02 PM PDT by az_gila (AZ - one Governor down... we don't want her back...)
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To: verum ago
"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."

Some think it was WNV that killed Alexander The Great.

42 posted on 04/23/2010 3:02:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: La Enchiladita

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.


43 posted on 04/23/2010 3:04:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (I don't believe in athiests.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Did it originate in Kenya?


44 posted on 04/23/2010 3:04:57 PM PDT by 353FMG (What can Islam possibly contribute to America other than its destruction?)
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To: EternalVigilance

Diagnosis is the true art of medicine. A good diagnostician is what you want!!


45 posted on 04/23/2010 3:07:13 PM PDT by La Enchiladita
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To: CholeraJoe

A mortality rate of 33% isn’t something to sneeze at.


46 posted on 04/23/2010 3:07:55 PM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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To: La Enchiladita

Ping For later


47 posted on 04/23/2010 3:11:31 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: La Enchiladita

Great.

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.


48 posted on 04/23/2010 3:12:10 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: La Enchiladita
Statement: "Potentially deadly fungus spreading in U.S. and Canada"

Response: I wonder in what Third World Hell Hole this one developed?

49 posted on 04/23/2010 3:15:11 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Another CIA creation. Bush’s fault.


50 posted on 04/23/2010 3:17:37 PM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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