posted on May, 28 2010 @ 09:54 PM
New Fungus Strain Killing People and Animals in Northwest report is now
out......................................................................................................May 27, 2010 Durham, North Carolina -
Recently Web MD and other internet medical sites have featured articles with headlines such as, “About 10 People Have Reportedly Died in
Northwestern U.S. After Infection with C. Gatti. [sic]” Cryptococcus gattii is a soil and plant fungus species usually found in South America,
Australia, Africa and New Guinea. That particular fungus was not discovered in North America before 1999 when clinicians on the island of Vancouver,
B. C., Canada, in the southeastern cities of Victoria and Nanaimo, confirmed emergency room patients with pneumonia and meningitis were infected with
C. gattii fungus.
About the same time, veterinarians in the region were also treating dogs, cats and other animals with breathing problems that turned out also to be
from C. gattii fungus infections. Then in January 2006, the first American case of human C. gattii fungus infection was confirmed in a patient who
lived in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound, Washington. Canada has now reported a total of 220 patients and 19 deaths attributed to the C. gattii
fungus. That's a 10% death rate. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has identified 50 cases in Washington State, Oregon and
Idaho with 10 deaths. That's a 20% death rate.
So the combined number of Canadian and U. S. cases of C. gattii fungus infection is now 270 cases with 29 deaths in a decade. Recently I talked with
the head of a Duke University Medical Center research team that has gone to the Vancouver and northwestern United States to study the soil, plants and
trees in which Cryptococcus gattii fungi now seem to be thriving and spreading. He is Joseph Heitman, M. D. and Ph.D., Chair and Professor in the
Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. I asked Dr. Heitman if he and his
medical team were surprised to learn that the Southern Hemisphere fungi was making people and animals sick in the Northern Hemisphere climate of
Vancouver, Washington State and Oregon.
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