Journal Article

Expanding Epidemiology of Blastomycosis: Clinical Features and Investigation of 2 Cases in Colorado

Mary Ann De Groote, Randall Bjerke, Hunter Smith and Luther V. Rhodes

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 582-584
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313717
Expanding Epidemiology of Blastomycosis: Clinical Features and Investigation of 2 Cases in Colorado

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On the basis of case reports of blastomycosis, Blastomyces dermatitidis is widely accepted to be endemic in the central United States in and around the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. Blastomycosis also occurs in parts of Canada and in the southeastern United States. However, there has been no large-scale skin testing, and the environmental range of B. dermatitidis may have been underestimated. We describe 2 immunocompetent patients with blastomycosis acquired while working in the Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains. The patients were coworkers engaged in a prairie dog relocation project. In the course of this work, they had extensive contact with contaminated soil. Significantly above-average rainfall before the exposure may have contributed to favorable conditions for sporulation of the fungus.

Journal Article.  1836 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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