You can contract Blastomycosis when the soil is disturbed, and you breathe in the fungal spores. Approximately 50% of people who inhale the spores either don’t become ill or develop a mild, self-resolving respiratory illness.
You can reduce your risk of exposure by limiting activities that may disrupt the soil and vegetative matter in the area mentioned on St. Croix County’s Blastomycosis page. Higher risk scenarios for spread occur when the soil is near a water source and has been disturbed, when soil is moved by gardening, camping, hunting, hiking, riding all-terrain vehicles, clearing brush, or excavation and construction projects. You may consider avoiding high-risk activities in wooded areas or at the water’s edge, particularly if you have a compromised immune system. For pets, avoiding activities such as sniffing or digging in the soil at the water’s edge, landscaped area, or wooded terrain could help prevent infection.
There are diagnostic tests and treatments available for both humans and pets. If you or your pet are experiencing symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or veterinarian immediately.
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