Navigation Links
Potentially Lethal Airborne Fungus May Spread to California
Date:4/23/2010

Unlike typical strains, new pathogen can attack healthy people, researchers say

THURSDAY, April 22 (HealthDay News) -- 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 novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people. Typically, we see this fungal disease associated with transplant recipients and HIV-infected patients, but that is not what we are seeing," said Edmond Byrnes III, a graduate student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, in a news release.

Because this C. gatti strain is so dangerous, the researchers are calling for increased awareness and vigilance. Symptoms -- which can appear two to several months after exposure -- may include a cough that lasts weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, meningitis-related headache and weight loss. In animals, symptoms include a runny nose, breathing problems, nervous system problems and bumps under the skin.

The infection can be treated but there is no vaccine to prevent it.

The study appears online April 22 in the journal PLoS Pathogens.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about cryptococcus.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Duke University Medical Center, news release, April 22, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. TrekDesk: A Potentially Positive Impact on Diabetes & Obesity
2. MSU researcher links potentially deadly infection, frequent cow exposure
3. ACR, SBI: Avon Survey Reveals Potentially Deadly Effects of USPSTF Mammography Recommendations
4. Methadone and Other Opioids Not Always Equivalent, Conversion Can Be Lethal
5. Lethality of H1N1 Virus Drops to "Non-Epidemic Resting Levels" in Current Cycle; Virus' Infectivity Remains Increased
6. Patients with Lethal Lung Disease Finally Receive Recognition by Social Security Administration
7. The fungus among us: An eco-friendly way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic
8. Researcher to track spread of disease, malware and power outages
9. Targeted prevention stopped spread of H1N1 at Alabama boys camp
10. Study finds face masks and hand hygiene can help limit influenzas spread
11. Salon Leau to Host Cuts for a Cause to Raise Funds and Spread the Word About Childhood Terminal Illnesses
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ ... during the summer of 2016. The program was made possible by a Pennsylvania ... Department of Health and Human Services Administration. The broadcast, Use Your Head: ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Russ DiGilio ... the first national #QuackGivesBack campaign which supported local breast cancer organizations during National ... Quack Gives Back initiative, and we’re very pleased with the participation ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... CURE Media Group, the ... advocacy groups, has aligned with Upstage Lung Cancer in efforts to combat lung cancer, ... Michael J. Hennessy, Jr said, “CURE Media Group is honored to team up with ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Fla (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... smarter modes of access for customers and employees that are both engaging and ... 7 with Service Smart Technology, the software company revealed today its plans to ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... STAT courier is pleased to announce ... service for Texas, they are expanding their presence in Dallas. One of the most ... will bring new jobs to the Dallas and Forth Worth market. STAT takes pride ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Australia Glaucoma Surgery Devices Market ... report, "Australia Glaucoma Surgery Devices Market Outlook to ... Glaucoma Surgery Devices market. The report provides value, ... and average prices (USD) within market segement - ... company shares and distribution shares data for each ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Global Interventional Radiology Market: ... global interventional radiology market analyzes the current and ... an elaborate executive summary, including a market snapshot ... sub-segments. The research is a combination of ... bulk of our research efforts along with information ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) has been recognized ... Top Workplaces National Standard. To learn more about ... ... Inc.) ... survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm specializing in organizational ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: