Be careful out there - Deadly airborne fungus in Oregon kills 1

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        I just want to share what I have read in the news just now. Please take the time to read and be careful.

        The new strain known as VGIIc of the fungus Cryptococcus gattii not only targets humans but has also proven capable of infecting dogs, cats, alpacas, sheep and elk. Other strains have even infected porpoises.

        Although it can spread to mammals, it does not jump from animal to animal. Instead, people and other animals get it from inhaling spores released by samples of the fungus that infect trees.

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        I just read the article and whilst the entire article is worrying, the most worrying bit was this:

        "public health officials in that area have formed a working group with state epidemiologists from all those states in the Pacific Northwest,"

        Looks like they are expecting some sort of huge spread of this fungus.

        Have they said anything about how you can protect yourselves i.e. with masks or anything?

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        I live here and had no idea.  Another reason to convince my dh to let me move I guess

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