Health Advisory: Blastomycosis Emerging in Upstate New York

Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

The purpose of this advisory is to alert clinicians and laboratorians to the emergence of Blastomycosis in Upstate New York.

Blastomycosis is an uncommon and underdiagnosed disease typically caused by inhalation of Blastomyces spp. fungi, which grow in moist soil and decomposing organic matter. Blastomyces spp. are most prominent in the US states and in Canada along the Great Lakes and the Ohio, Mississippi, and Saint Lawrence River valleys. Humans and dogs are typically exposed to microscopic fungal spores from the air when participating in, or are near, activities that disturb soil. Not all who are exposed become sick, some may have flu-like symptoms while others present with severe illness.

See full advisory attached.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20