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Blastomycosis

Blastomycosis is a disease caused by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. The fungus lives in moist soil and in association with decomposing organic matter such as wood and leaves. Lung infection can occur after a person inhales airborne, microscopic fungal spores from the environment; however, many people who inhale the spores do not get sick. The symptoms of blastomycosis are similar to flu symptoms, and the infection can sometimes become serious if it is not treated.

Fungal infections pose an increasing threat to public health for several reasons. For other Fungal topics, visit the Fungal Homepage.

Histopathology showing a yeast cell of Blastomyces dermatitidis

Histopathology showing a yeast cell of Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomycosis Topics

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What is Blastomycosis?…

A green icon of a stethoscope.Symptoms

Fever, cough, headache…

A green icon with a magnifying glass and foot print.Risk & Prevention

Who gets it and how it can be prevented…

A green icon of a petri dish.Sources of Infection

Inhalation of spores from the environment…

A green icon of a microscope.Diagnosis & Testing

See your health care provider, sample tissue, clinical diagnosis…

A green icon representing prescription drugs.Treatment & Outcomes

Antifungal treatment, resolution of symptoms…

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Resources and publications…

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Incidence, surveillance…

 
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