Blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatitidis and Blastomyces gilchristii)
Blastomycosis is a rare fungal infection that can affect humans and animals. Infection usually occurs by breathing in spores of the fungi Blastomyces dermatitidis or Blastomyces gilchristii that can be found in soil, especially in moist and wooded areas. In North America, blastomycosis occurs primarily in areas surrounding the Great Lakes, the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, and the St. Lawrence River. In Minnesota, blastomycosis is most common in northeastern counties, but can occur throughout the state. Although most people who breathe in the spores don’t get sick, some of those who do may have flu-like symptoms, and the infection can sometimes become serious if it is not treated.
- About Blastomycosis
Blastomycosis facts: common symptoms, how the disease is spread, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis information.
- Blastomycosis Statistics and Maps
Statistics and maps for blastomycosis in humans and dogs in Minnesota
Care Provider Information on Blastomycosis
Required reporting information, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, and other clinical information.