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Man Contracts Rare Fungal Infection From Woodpile

August 17, 2019


THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WILL BE FILLED WITH MANY FAMILIES GATHERED AROUND THE CAMPFIRE. BUT FOR A HINCKLEY MAN, MESSING AROUND WITH HIS WOOD PILE IS THE LIKELY CAUSE FOR HIS LIFE- THREATENING CONDITION. AS BILL HUDSON EXPLAINS, IT’S A RARE FUNGAL INFECTION FOUND IN MIDWEST SOILS AND ROTTING WOOD. FIRE PIT THERE’S STILL STUFF IN THERE. Reporter: LEE’S HOLIDAY WEEKEND WILL BE SPENT WITH TRIPS TO THE U. OF M. HOSPITAL. HER HUSBAND JIM REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION FIGHTING A RARE FUNGAL ILLNESS CALLED BLASTOMYCOSIS. THAT MORNING THAT HE COLLAPSE HE SAID I THINK I BETTER GO TO THE HOSPITAL. HE CAN’T BREATHE. IT WAS THAT QUICK. Reporter: THE FUNGUS IS FOUND IN SOILS AND DECAYING WOOD SEEN LIKE MOLD. IT MOST OF US IT WON’T LEAD TO SERIOUS INFECTION BUT JIM’S BODY IS COMPROMISED BY HIS ONGOING FIGHT WITH CANCER. THEY ARE TREATING HIM WITH AN ANTIFUNGAL THAT’S VERY TOXIC. AND HE IS NOW ON DIALYSIS BECAUSE OF IT. IT KILLS YOUR KIDNEYS. Reporter: MINNESOTA HAS A COUPLE OF THESE CASES A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR. IT’S MORE COMMON IN NEIGHBORING WISCONSIN. LEE LOOKS AT THE WOOD PILE AND WANTS TO WARN OTHERS A CAMPFIRE THAT’S SUCH A PART OF SUMMER CAN ALSO HARBOR A POTENTIALLY FATAL FUNGUS. IF YOU HAVE ANY HEALTH ISSUES TO PLEASE WEAR A BANDANA OR COVER YOUR SINUSES BECAUSE YOU NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD

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