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(Scientific American)   There's a fungus among us that's fatal and humongous   ( divider line
    More: Scary, fungus, pathogenic fungi, fungal infections, porpoises, yeast infection, subtropics, body temperatures  
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6320 clicks; posted to Geek » on 12 Dec 2013 at 4:50 PM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-12 05:39:55 PM  
3 votes:
*sigh*  S.A. has gone to shiat.
2013-12-12 07:34:52 PM  
2 votes:
An older guy I work with (60s) nearly died from fungal meningitis.  The doctors couldn't figure out what was causing the infection and he would have been died on Christmas in 2011 if some doctor in Arizona hadn't figured out what was wrong with him (coworker was at a University of Michigan hospital).  The guy has since recovered and returned to work.  He has ongoing health issues but these (and the fungal infection) and probably from the immunosuppressant drugs he takes since he had a kidney transplant (transplant was before the fungal meningitis).
2013-12-12 04:59:42 PM  
2 votes:
I thought I was reading a newspaper article.  Scientific American.  How you have fallen.  Sigh.
2013-12-12 08:44:40 PM  
1 vote:
The world is trying to kill you.

Frankly, I don't blame it.
2013-12-12 07:18:21 PM  
1 vote:
The article mentioned Valley Fever in passing. In 1961, my mother contracted Valley Fever in Twenty-Nine Palms California, while pregnant with me. Fifty years later she had a recurrence that ultimately proved fatal. She entered a hospital in Minnesota where she was treated for two weeks for pneumonia with no improvement. I happened to mention to one of her doctors that she'd had Valley Fever years before. He was intrigued, as he'd never heard of it. They tested for it, and sure enough it had recurred. She responded to treatment, but permanent damage was done to her lungs, and she passed away a few years later.

Anyway, my point is that Valley Fever, and possibly other fungal infections can recur many years after the original affliction manifests itself. Remember and record your medical history, it may save your or your loved one's life.
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