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Dangerous Fungus Now Endemic in Pacific Northwest: CDC

Posted 22 Jul 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 22 – Cryptococcus gattii – an airborne fungus that can cause life-threatening illness – is an emerging infection in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. health officials said Thursday. While C. gattii infections are rare – only 60 cases have been reported since 2004 – they can be severe and even fatal, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in the ...

'Killer' Fungus Not So Deadly

Posted 1 May 2010 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 30 – The new "killer" fungus spreading through the Pacific Northwest is part reality but also part hype, experts say. "It's definitely real in that we've been seeing this [fungus in North America] since 1999 and it's causing a lot more meningitis than you would expect in the general population, but this is still a rare disease," said Christina Hull, an assistant professor of ...

Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus May Spread to California

Posted 22 Apr 2010 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 22 – A strain of potentially lethal airborne fungus recently discovered in Oregon may soon spread to California and other neighboring areas, scientists warn. Several people in Oregon have died after being infected with the new VGIIc genotype of Cryptococcus gattii. In the 21 Pacific Northwest cases analyzed by researchers, the strain has a death rate of about 25 percent. "This ...

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