22 Apr 2010 22:21:58 GMT

Source: Reuters

* Fungus is unique genetic strain
* Climate change may aid its spread

WASHINGTON, April 22 (Reuters) – A potentially deadly strain of fungus is spreading among animals and people in the northwestern United States and the Canadian province of British Columbia, researchers reported on Thursday.

The airborne fungus, called Cryptococcus gattii, (an encapsulated yeast found primarily in tropical and subtropical climates) usually only infects transplant and AIDS patients and people with otherwise compromised immune systems, but the new strain is genetically different, the researchers said.

"This novel fungus is worrisome because it appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people," said Edmond Byrnes of Duke University in North Carolina, who led the study.

"The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C. gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout this temperate region," the researchers said in their report, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1000850.

"Our findings suggest further expansion into neighboring regions is likely to occur and aim to increase disease awareness in the region."

The new strain appears to be unusually deadly, with a mortality rate of about 25 percent among the 21 U.S. cases analyzed, they said.

"From 1999 through 2003, the cases were largely restricted to Vancouver Island," the report reads.

"Between 2003 and 2006, the outbreak expanded into neighboring mainland British Columbia and then into Washington and Oregon from 2005 to 2009. Based on this historical trajectory of expansion, the outbreak may continue to expand into the neighboring region of Northern California, and possibly further."

The spore-forming fungus can cause symptoms in people and animals two weeks or more after exposure. They include a cough that lasts for weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss.

It has also turned up in cats, dogs, an alpaca and a sheep.

Freezing can kill the fungus and climate change may be helping it spread, the researchers said.


Okay, my thoughts on this. While this particular fungi clearly isn’t the cause of Morgellons I think it represents is very good model for it. Hypothetically speaking, Morgellons could easily be a fungal infection at it’s core. Fungi are known to cause skin crawling sensations (even candida sufferers experience this) and spores blowing in the wind make for a wide net of potential victims. I’m just thinking out loud here but I have read about the terrible fungal storms released by GMO crops, even Bt storms. Just a thought. Finally, notice this fungi strikes otherwise healthy people, some people for whatever reason are susceptible. Interesting.


Comments on: "Potentially deadly fungus spreading in US, Canada" (10)

  1. Now a new climate change threat. Wow, take a number.

    So who will provide the funding to study this new pack of lies?

    • Mr. Common Sense said:

      I personally don’t buy into man made global warming, I think that has been pretty much shot down now. The only thing constant about the climate is change.

  2. I have seen this “icicle” producing fungus in my yard in north Florida during the past several years (I got Morgellon’s last May). Over the course of a couple of years it killed a large cedar tree, a ligustrum “tree”, two mid-size bushes. It also coated three small trees which my husband sprayed and managed to save. Satsumas on the unsprayed tree were stunted and inedible.

    The researches on Lyme Busters have concluded that fungus is the root cause of Morgellon’s.

    How many other people who have Morgellon’s are close to trees which have fungus problems?

  3. My trees have fungus too, so did the mulch brought up here post Katrina… God only knows what was in that! I got m a few weeks after my mulch arrived and my dog laid in it every day. I don’t get the connection.
    Man made global warming has been blown out of the water as is the reaction to the Volcano in Iceland were all based on computer modules.
    Computers give projections according to the truthfulness of the data they are fed and the IPCC has been proven to be full of bunk.
    We are ill due to a man made disease, I don’t know if it was intentional or not. I do know that messin’ around with God’s intentions has brought us harm. I don’t think he intended for us to have plastics in our skin or silica sprayed on our deli meats.
    Man made global warming…. no/
    Man made toxicity of the planet and our bodies..umm..yeah
    No offense intended.. the planet is reacting to all of the plastics and crap we’ve sprayed on it for years.
    Just my humble opinion.
    God Bless us all.
    Wishing wellness for us all.

  4. sophia Lord said:

    I think that this fungas connection is bogus. I guess it’s possible. What makes me think its bogus is this site is not a well known news organization. It is merely someone else’s opinion. It is probably a site that Monsanto created to deflect their being the cause of the disease from GMO food. The government knows it is serious. They are probably trying to find a cure behind the scenes. They do not want to create a panic if they told the public. Just think how the stock would take a dive if the US had a pandemic. The 1% would lose billions. This disease is highly contagious. I’ve given it to 12 people. Those 12 people are passing it to how many? That is not counting the people who I have unknowingly given it to from using the same washing machine, chair I sat on or just sitting next to someone. There is no doubt. This is a pandemic incubating and increasing by the thousands per day. When I look at the faces in my apt building I see they are tired and they even dress in their robes outside, very weird. They probably have it because they are not washing their clothes in hot water nor using the substances that i do to kill these organisms.

  5. I m not saying this is what M is, but many of the symptoms of a Fungus infection are similar to
    M specially when becomes systemic including
    Lesions in 40 to 60 percent of people, I personally never developed lesions it depends where the Fungus spreads to, and the parasites come to feed on this ….possibly an unknown
    Fungus …..

  6. Each area of the country has its own invasive fungus, I am familar with root rot, it is destroying the trees in the forest, and takes on most all the plant life to one extent or another. This is a multi facet disease, it is a designer intelligent life form. It can cloak, shape shift,and many other escape artist survival tech’s. But the basic beginner is the ubiquious fungus. Air born spores blow in for the kill, especially when there is a fire. The nano particles lodge in every orafice, if you are real unlucky you will wind up with roots and fibers in your lungs. You may mysteriously die the first winter, of a mycoplasma inbedded in the lower part of your lungs. If you are one of the unlucky ones to be around for the morphing, and time released other pathogens, you will be scared to death from the objects that surface on your body. Alien forms seem to be created by your body, that can live in a stealth carbon guttless entidy. If that dosen’t scare you enough, hang in there and you will be treated to itching that is never satisfied. The nano shift is bewildering and super discouraging, just when you think you have a handel on a leison, it is immediately replaced with another stack of layered morgies. You are cold, and your temp. is way below normal. When this happens you know that you are propagating a new batch of what ever. Your hair will have been replicated, it will be the texture of straw. Your teeth will chip away, and if you dont die, you will need dentures. Bio-film is the way this disease spreads itself, it waits until you are asleep at night to run out of your leisons. You need to wake up to keep the sticky yellow slime away from your face. You will be house bound, isolated from ugly running volcanic looking leisons. The stuff is very hard to get off, it is like velcrow on your skin. Do you have five extra hours a day to nurse your body, and defend it. After that, chasing down any fiber, and washing everything over and over again. You may calapse, for an hour or two. I haven’t had a nights rest since I got the stuff, I burn the oil at night like an owl. You become instantly awake, you see the disease everywhere, even from the ovens of restraunts. You cant kill the stuff, you cant freeze it, you cant burn it unless 1400 degrees. I not only feel sorry for humans, but I grieve over all plant life, and animals, who are struggling to stay alive. I never know whats up next, every facet has its own devastation, and I’ve been struggling for five years. I’ve met many fungus’s on my journey in hell, but the most weird one is the green skin makers. The miracle boys that rush out to cover any new opening in a flash. Mother earth has to dump or we’ll be worse than Mars. To morgellon suffers, death sometimes looks heavenly.

  7. norma, i ve had M for 6 years, i totally can feel what you are saying, last week, I started to take Bactrim, anti-biotic, so far it seems clearing bio film, i have taken this for a week and my hair came back to shiny, manageble condition, from straw, i don’t know if i stop bactrim, it will return or not , i had anti fungal med for month previousely, nothing worked like bactrim, try and see

  8. Microsporum G said:

    Morgellons may very well be Ringworm caused from MICROSPORUM GYSEUM, a soil fungus. After more than 2 years, my cat was diagnosed with this after a lesion developed on the tail. Positive culture for microsporum gypseum. We humans are all treating with oral antifungals and Nizoral shampoo and Selsun Blue with selenium sulfide 1% as a body wash twice a week. Topical antifungals as well. Apple cider vinegar, Braggs, is the most effective at killing the fungus. A 50/50 solution of vinegar and water after showering leaving on the skin. Use full strength on lesions. The cats are treating with oral antifungals and Malaseb shampoo twice a week. The vet consulted with our local university veterinarian dermatologist who stated cats dont get Microsporum Gypseum regardless of what the info on the web says. We live in the humid southeast. I and many others here, have had the classic symptoms of Morgellons. The other interesting part is the gnats present in huge numbers, (never here before), in our yards biting whenever spending time outside. They are carried indoors on humans and pets. They actually burrow under the skin as well. The carpet in our cars play a huge role in the growth and spread to others. Icicle like webs growing inside and outside. Even had them growing in my car, easy to see in the sunlight. I read a newspaper article from the northeast last year that stated people were flocking to the dermatologists in groves with symptoms of itching and rashes. We had heavy rainfall and flooding across the eastern half of the country last year. I believe this is fungal related. Just dont understand if the ringworm is contracted first or the gnats giving people skin fungus. From what I have researched, microsporum gypseum is a rare human fungal infection. I would like to see if this could be investigated further. There are so many suffering and the physicians are incompetent at diagnosing fungal skin infections. Praises to my veterinarian and my walk in clinic physician who believed me and started treatment. This is contagious and everyone, not just immune-compromised people are at risk. We are slowly seeing improvement, it takes time for the treatment to effective. Vacuum daily. The spores are everywhere. Clean with bleach 1/10 solution.

  9. Microsporum G said:

    This could be the most important information you will read! Ringworm or skin fungus caused by microsporum gypseum, a soil fungus, can mimic other skin diseases. It readily infects humans, but is considered uncommon. Research “clinical presentations of microsporum gypseum”. Seems to be on the rise. Black specs, black fibers, white cocoons, larvae which resemble demodex mites, fibers, itching and crawling, changes of the skin including discoloration and dark spots that are not age spots, rash, pimples, sound familiar? If you have a cat or dog, have a ringworm culture done on them first. They dont always have symptoms. A veterinarian can diagnose ringworm in your pet for a reasonable charge. They must receive treatment at the same time. This can also be transmitted by gardening or handling soil. See if your primary care can prescribe an oral antifungal, If the scalp is involved this is necessary. Treatment includes antifungals topically, as well as using Nizoral shampoo and/or Selsun Blue selenium sulfide 1% as a bodywash. Organic apple cider vinegar diluted to 50/50 water after showering, spray and leave on. Apply undiluted to affected areas with a cotton ball. Vinegar kills fungus. It is a slow process to heal completely. Probiotics, vitamins for the skin, good nutrition is helpful. Stop treating for scabies and birdmites etc., the bugs are attracted to the fungus and that would be you. Focus on curing yourself of fungus. And the most important thing is to clean your environment to rid your home and clothing of the spores. Please discard clothing and furniture appropriately, so this does not spread to others.

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