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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections
© 2014 NPR ^ | August 22, 2014 3:32 PM ET | by NANCY SHUTE

Posted on 08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.

But though people in Southern California have been getting sick from C. gatti for years, nobody knew how....

C. gattii from three trees, Canary Island pine, New Zealand pohutukawa and American sweet gum, matched almost exactly with C. gattii from infected patients. And the tree samples matched not just those from recent patients but from people who were sick 10 to 12 years ago. Thus this strain of C. gattii has been causing health problems in California for at least that long.

The results were published Thursday in PLOS Pathogens.

People living or traveling in California should be aware of the risk of cryptococcosis from C. gattii, Springer tells Shots, especially if they have HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other illnesses that can suppress the immune system. "When you travel and you're exposed to these reservoirs, you have the potential to be vulnerable to these infections."

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aids; air; california; cryptococcusgattii; hiv; pollution; reagan; trees
So...trees do cause air pollution. Reagan was right AGAIN!
1 posted on 08/23/2014 6:35:35 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Hugging trees can be dangerous.


2 posted on 08/23/2014 6:39:08 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

All trees should be totally wiped out! If it saves one queer ...


3 posted on 08/23/2014 6:43:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Miserable trees with that “fruit” that drops. They are all over GA and apparently all of the south. You can easily break a leg, foot or ankle by stepping on one of the “bombs” that drop. Your feet just roll out from under you. They’re dreadful. Retired to GA from CA and can’t say I ever saw them in CA. I despise them. I KNEW they were no good....

“”Sweet gum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States, and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. It is recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves and its hard, spiked fruits””


4 posted on 08/23/2014 6:43:58 AM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Hmmm.... HIV vs. Sweet Gum trees. Look for an edict to eradicate Sweet Gum trees to protect HIV sufferers.


5 posted on 08/23/2014 6:45:10 AM PDT by lafroste (matthewharbert.wix.com/matthew-harbert)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

well, I don’t know about that, it is NPR


6 posted on 08/23/2014 6:47:31 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This is a great argument when dealing with the “save a tree, don’t use paper” idiots.

There’s a neighborhood in Virginia that was built in the 70’s and the developer made it a rule that trees were never to be cut down unless rubbing up against a house. Now all the trees are over grown, there’s disease throughout the trees and the homes have mold issues. Animals are getting sick etc. Trees NEED to be trimmed back, cut down. They need to breathe.


7 posted on 08/23/2014 6:48:13 AM PDT by albie
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To: Behind Liberal Lines


Danger Danger

Run Away Run Away!




8 posted on 08/23/2014 6:48:20 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines


Danger Danger

Run Away Run Away!




9 posted on 08/23/2014 6:48:21 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This is settled science, and it is for AIDS carriers!

Only one thing to do!

KILL ALL THE TREES IN CALIFORNIA! The sooner the better!!!


10 posted on 08/23/2014 6:48:29 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Queers die from Killer Trees!!


11 posted on 08/23/2014 6:49:42 AM PDT by bert ((K.E.; N.P.; GOPc.;+12 ..... Obama is public enemy #1)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Where’s the warning:

When messing with knotholes wear protection


12 posted on 08/23/2014 6:50:15 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

California... incubator of AIDS, and of nature’s cure. /S


13 posted on 08/23/2014 6:52:19 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Paladin2; Behind Liberal Lines

“Hugging trees can be dangerous.”

Send all the ‘greenies’ to Kalifornia...

...oh, wait, they are mostly in Kalifornia...


14 posted on 08/23/2014 6:52:20 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If they die it is okay because Mother Gaia is doing it.


15 posted on 08/23/2014 6:52:22 AM PDT by Rockpile
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“the happening” is happening...


16 posted on 08/23/2014 6:54:40 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This article demonstrates the incredible stupidity of NPR and liberals. Only for that reason should it not be pulled, as it is as junk science and bad investigation &analysis as climate change.

The author links to a prior NPR piece from 4 years ago but claims “that was a different strain”, while the article clearly states the opposite.

Furthermore, they run around, swab trees and proclaim, “It came from trees!!!”, take credit and ignore the most pressing question of all:

If the fungus originated in tropical areas, was initially “discovered” in Vancouver, BC and is now in CA...

...gee...I wonder how that happened.

I know the answer (imho); I’ll leave that for debate as it’s really one of only a few points of discussion that should result from this incredibly bad piece of “journalism”...


17 posted on 08/23/2014 7:00:24 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Do these trees hate gays or something?!? RACIST!!!!!


18 posted on 08/23/2014 7:01:05 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Cage Match: Greens vs. Queens


19 posted on 08/23/2014 7:03:07 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“Nuts and fruits for Gypsy Boots.”


20 posted on 08/23/2014 7:09:45 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: DUMBGRUNT
"KILL ALL THE TREES IN CALIFORNIA! The sooner the better!!!"

The sodomites are in complete control of this country, from the presidency down to your local school districts, so if they want not only these trees but any or all trees destroyed, they will get it.

21 posted on 08/23/2014 7:10:39 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Thank You Rush

Miserable trees with that “fruit” that drops. They are all over GA and apparently all of the south. You can easily break a leg, foot or ankle by stepping on one of the “bombs” that drop. Your feet just roll out from under you. They’re dreadful.
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They are miserable trees for placement in a yard. We had one and soon learned about the nasty seed pods (the kids call them “monkey balls”) that drop every year and ruin your “barefoot” lawn.

A couple of years ago I finally had enough with cleaning up monkey balls and committed justifiable “treeacide”.

Here’s a picture for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/debsteinberg/2256694696/


22 posted on 08/23/2014 7:12:37 AM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Trees kill and maim people with blunt force, too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Abbott


23 posted on 08/23/2014 7:16:44 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

“Hugging trees can be dangerous.”

Hanging trees too.


24 posted on 08/23/2014 7:25:00 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Thank You Rush

Sweat Gum ain’t worth sour owl butter as firewood either.


25 posted on 08/23/2014 7:25:16 AM PDT by stboz
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To: albie
There’s a neighborhood in Virginia that was built in the 70’s and the developer made it a rule that trees were never to be cut down unless rubbing up against a house

What neighborhood is that?

26 posted on 08/23/2014 7:30:01 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Got wood?


27 posted on 08/23/2014 7:33:40 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: House Atreides
We had one and soon learned about the nasty seed pods (the kids call them “monkey balls”) that drop every year and ruin your “barefoot” lawn.

Tell me about it, I have two walnut trees on my property.

28 posted on 08/23/2014 7:51:18 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. Eccl 10,v 19)
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To: House Atreides

OWEE!!!


29 posted on 08/23/2014 7:51:34 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coups dÂ’Ă©tat .)
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To: null and void

Trees are evil:

http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1368&doc_id=274300&%20cid=nl.dn22


30 posted on 08/23/2014 7:51:47 AM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: stboz
Sweat Gum ain’t worth sour owl butter as firewood either.

They're only good for boys to throw at other boys (or big sisters)

31 posted on 08/23/2014 7:59:01 AM PDT by eddie willers
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Time for Obama to release an executive order to quarantine those trees.


32 posted on 08/23/2014 8:16:45 AM PDT by Revel
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Sodomizing the wrong trees can be fatal. /s


33 posted on 08/23/2014 8:24:52 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Just one of Gaias little surprises to deal with her infection of man.....................just sarcasm folks, unless of course you’re a green weenie.


34 posted on 08/23/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Thank You Rush

Well the folks in Georgia may well call this sweet gum but in the SF Bay Area the tree is known as liquid amber and those pods can ruin a nice day of bare footedness


35 posted on 08/23/2014 9:38:45 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Thank You Rush

And sorry about my misspelling (I spelled it as it sounds) the official spelling is

“Liquidambar styraciflua”

It is the same tree and they are all over mid to northern California


36 posted on 08/23/2014 9:40:36 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: onedoug

Points for most obscure reference of the day. BTW Aug 19 was the centennial of his birth.


37 posted on 08/23/2014 11:40:58 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (Democrats:the party of moral hazard, the IRS, the NSA and the heckler's veto)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I cut every sweet gum I can. The gum balls are a pain in the mower and dislodge my serpentine belts on the belly of the mower more times than I can count. So now I know I’m also practicing disease prevention when I cut the suckers down!


38 posted on 08/23/2014 12:33:37 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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A fungus called Cryptococcus gattii can cause life-threatening infections, especially in people with compromised immune systems. One-third of AIDS-related deaths are thought to be caused by the fungus.

39 posted on 01/18/2015 6:13:30 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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