Recently, at least one person died and around 100 were confirmed or suspected to be infected by blastomycosis in the United States.
- It is an infection caused by a fungus of the genus Blastomyces.
- It is found in moist soil and decomposing wood and leaves in the mid-western, south-central and south-eastern states of the US.
- The microscopic spores from the fungus can get dispersed in the air and travel freely.
- Human beings can contract blastomycosis by inhaling the spores.
- It is not contagious between animals and people through the air.
- The symptoms of blastomycosis in animals are similar to the symptoms in humans.
- Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Breathing difficulty and muscle aches etc.
- Treatment: Itraconazole is a type of antifungal medication that is typically used to treat mild to moderate blastomycosis.
Q1) What are Fungi?
Fungi are a diverse group of organisms that include yeasts, molds, and mushrooms. They are a separate kingdom of living things, distinct from plants, animals, and bacteria.