Blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatitidis + Blastomyces gilchristii) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Blastomycosis (Blastomyces dermatitidis and Blastomyces gilchristii)

Blastomycosis in Minnesota: Kevin’s Story

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.

Updated Thursday, 29-Sep-2022 12:00:14 CDT