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Dangerous Fungus Makes A Surprise Appearance In Montana

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What life-threatening illness can you get from repotting plants, attending a rodeo or going spelunking? If you didn't guess histoplasmosis, you're not alone.

This week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, chronicle of all things infectious, reports on the surprising appearance of histoplasmosis, a lung infection caused by a fungus, in four people in Montana.

The fungus in question, Histoplasma capsulatum, is common in the Midwest and Midatlantic, according to the researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in Montana who penned the report. That was news to us. So we talked with John Bennett, chief of the clinical mycology section at the National Institutes of Health, to get up to speed.

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