Deadly Airborne Fungus Spreading Fast: Kills One Out of Four

April 24, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Now that the international swine flu pandemic is over, Americans have another deadly pathogen to be worried about. It’s a virulent airborne fungus that scientists believe may have originated from eucalyptus trees in tropical and subtropical climates. How it arrived in Oregon and other West Coast states is a mystery. Some scientists believe the spreading of a tropical pathogen to North America may be the result of global warming. But whatever the cause, it’s spreading fast throughout the U.S. and Canada, can’t be prevented and has a 25 percent mortality rate.

The deadly fungus is known as VGIIc of the fungus Cryptococcus gattii. And it also infects a variety of animals, including dogs, sheep and dolphins. The fungus is not spread from contact, but instead is floating around in the air waiting to be inhaled.

Lead researcher Edmond Byrnes III of Duke University Medical Center, who conducted a study of the deadly fungus, said “This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people.” “Typically, we more often see this fungal disease associated with transplant recipients and HIV-infected patients, but that is not what we are seeing yet,” said Byrnes.

There is no vaccine for the fungus, but patients can be treated with antifungal medications. But even treatment is not a sure thing. Some sufferers may have to be treated for years and may even require surgery to remove large masses of the fungus that grows within the body.

According to a report by MSNBC, symptoms may not develop until two-months after exposure:

“Symptoms can appear two or more months after exposure. Most people never develop symptoms, but those infected may have a cough lasting weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache related to meningitis, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss.”

The symptoms suffered by infected animals differ from humans. “In animals the symptoms are a runny nose, breathing problems, nervous system problems and raised bumps under the skin.”

The full study of the fungus Cryptococcus gattii is available in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens.


Comments

10 Responses to “Deadly Airborne Fungus Spreading Fast: Kills One Out of Four”

  1. Joel on April 24th, 2010 1:27 pm

    Interesting, that link on the Scientific information has been moved! This may be a biological variant released by Al Queda.!!

  2. Abraham on April 24th, 2010 2:31 pm

    WOW- the end is near

  3. bsneath on April 24th, 2010 3:15 pm

    The global warming connection is a bit of a stretch. To me it reveals what happens when scientific research turns into ideology. I appreciate that you mention it as speculation and not a fact.

  4. Michael J. McFadden on April 24th, 2010 6:22 pm

    In 1989 the Department of Transportation completed a study of airplane air quality in conjunction with the introduction of mandatory smoking bans on all flights. The measurement of concern here was that nonsmoking flights had nine CFU/ m^3 (nine “colony forming units” of fungi per cubic meter) as opposed to only five or six CFU/m^3 on smoking flights over a 50% increase in concentration! (Report to Congress: Airline Cabin Air Quality. U.S. D.O.T. 1989)

    When I wrote “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains” several years ago I noted the following: “Such problems may now be even worse as airplanes take advantage of the absence of smoking and refresh the air of planes only 20% as often as they did back when smoking was allowed! fresh air at high altitudes costs money… and without smoke in the air the health risks are effectively invisible (Boucher, quoting James Repace. Rendez-Vous 64 04/26/00). The increased health risks of epidemic diseases spreading in the confined and now heavily recirculated air of our planes will never be apparent until a disaster occurs… and by then it will be too late. Passengers in the Northwest might want to opt for smoking-allowed flights… except for the fact that extremists have now banned that option entirely.

    Michael J. McFadden
    Author of “Dissecting Antismokers’ Brains”

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  10. donald Perisho on April 27th, 2010 8:34 am

    this comment about al queda is funny, a fake terrorist group invented by the CIA.
    Bin Ladin is dead, has been since 2001, the videos are faked, anytime the CIA needs to bring the boogie man out they make a new video. The swine flu was released on purpose, it was made in a lab. The pharma company’s made a lot of money on the flu vaccine but not enough as a lot of people are getting wise to the fact that vaccines are usually more dangerous than the flu. This new issue may be on purpose too. The powers that be want to reduce the population and don’t care how many die. The war on terror is all fake, wars are created to make money. the rich get richer, the unemployed and uneducated population is their fodder.
    take vitamine D3 and colloidal silver to stay healthy, use the internet to find truth. the media always lies to support the government. the real govenment is not elected.

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