Rare Soil-borne Illness on the Rise in MN

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(Learfield News Service/St. Paul, MN)  The Minnesota Department of Health wants the public to be aware of a rare fungal infection that has popped up more often this year.

It’s a soil-borne illness called Blastomycosis and epidemiologist Dr. Malia Ireland says it can be mis-diagnosed leading to ineffective treatment for patients.

Ireland says “If they have an illness, particularly pneumonia that is not responding to anti-biotics and they’ve been to their doctor a number of times but they’re not getting better, talking to their doctor about Blastomycosis is what I’d recommend.”

Ireland says MDH sent an advisory to healthcare providers to be on the look-out for the possible infection.

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