Posted by 15 US deaths on 8/13/10
CDC: 15 US deaths tied to rare tropical fungus
By MIKE STOBBE (AP) – Jul 22, 2010
ATLANTA — A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and has
been blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday.
At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which
grows on or around trees. Illness occurs months after people breathe in its microscopic spores,
and can be treated with anti-fungal medications.
While still considered rare in North America, health officials say they want doctors to know to
look for it and patients to be aware of it.
The overall risk to the public is very low, and there's no need for people to avoid going
outdoors and exercising, said Julie Harris, an epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.
The fungal illness began to show up in British Columbia, Canada, in 1999, and may have spread
southward, although at least one different strain has been found in the United States.
Scientists don't know why the tropical illness has appeared in the Northwest but not in other
Since 2004, there have been 43 cases in Oregon, 15 in Washington, one in California and one in
Idaho, the CDC said Thursday.
Of those 60 cases, the outcome is known in 45, and 15 ended in death. The fungus caused nine of
the deaths, and was believed to be a factor in the other six, officials reported.
Symptoms include a persistent cough, headache and shortness of breath. Some cases have worsened
into a pneumonia- or meningitis-like illnesses.
British Columbia has counted 272 illnesses since the first cases were detected, said Dr. Eleni
Galanis, an epidemiologist with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. Canadian
officials don't have an up-to-date count of deaths, but an earlier analysis suggested a death
rate of about 9 percent.
The proportion of U.S. and Canadian cases ending in death may sound alarmingly high, but it's
likely others have been infected but weren't diagnosed because they didn't develop serious
illness, Harris said.
Also, most of those who got sick had another condition that likely made them more susceptible to
the fungal illness.
People are not the only victims. More than 50 cases in animals have been reported in the United
States, including cats, dogs, ferrets, elk and porpoises.
On 8/12/10, johncodie wrote:
> On 8/12/10, Sharon wrote:
>> Like I said you assume facts not in evidence in your hypotheses which causes your conclusions
>> to be incorrect based on the false assumptions.
> The facts are the photographs of your home, RV, Pool, Aerial Satellite square footage of your
> dwelling, and the price of a square foot of prime waterfront property. A half millon wouldn't
> have been enough to make you whole. You know the term location, location, location; and where
> you presently live just would not compare. Park the RV at the husbands business, and the boat
> gets stored a someone's storage. For a Rancho Santa Fe property you downsized, nice but not
> what you had come accoustomed. What ever else got used up on starting a mold is gold campaign
> that has you embroiled in a continuing legal drain of funds.
> Not intrested in your personal life because you are a public figure for mold, and you don't
> qualify for a personal life status anymore. Your still the same stuborn adolecence that never
> learned to fold a losing hand. Date Ole Miss? Thats a hoot, even though they have are
> deversified and lost the rebel mascot, the intelligent quotient there, wouldn't support a
> decent conversation. Get back on topic! Why would a person die from mold? How many funerals
> have you attended from those lost to the green, black fungus? It's only happening in your
> becauses someone put it in print, and you like to copy and paste the news of a popensity to
>> 1. My house was under 2000 sf. It was a beautiful little gem. But small. Got more than
>> enough had I been inclined to remodel from top to bottom.
>> Not even going to bother with the rest. Why are you always so interested in my personal
>> life? Are you sure I didn't turn you down for a date or something at your favorite
>> university in the whole world - Ole Miss?
>> On 8/12/10, johncodie wrote:
>>> On 8/12/10, Sharon wrote:
>>>> 1. I received close to a half a million dollar settlement in my private litigation of 8
>>>> years ago. More than enough to get my old house fixed if I was so inclined to do so.
>>> A half a millon doesn't come close to replacing a house that size, not even close to the
>>> amount orginaly awarded to your freind Ms Ballard. You left the house and moved into town
>>> closer to your husbands business and have ravine and walking path in place of a lake view.
>>> No pool where you had a pool, and no place to park that big RV,or dock the boat. I know
>>> those prices you tried to get in Rancho Sante Fe, those were in the millons. You settled
>>> for what you could get so have the attorneys paid.
>>>> 2. People made contributions to my legal defense fund Because I was the first to
>>>> publicly write of the deception of the US Chamber of Commerce's marketing campaign for
>>>> the courts in the writing in question. It is kind of important to shut this down. Five
>>>> years later, the case is still in the courts and will continue in the courts until this
>>>> stopped as it is harming MANY.
>>> People made request for your legal defense fund because your actions resulted in a
>>> judgement your still trying to get out of, which benefited Thrasher, and Shoemaker; who
>>> depended on you to get the winds blowing in their direction as being a solution to mold
>>> related problems. It's not the Chambers paper or the opposing view paper that is harming
>>> anybody. You got yourself into a political tail spin and can't get out with your dignity
>>> intact. There are no mold people being found with toxins. None.
>>>> 3. There is no monitary judgement being paid on my behalf. Quit making stuff up, John!
>>> There is a judgement and it is costing you dearly. You might not have had to cut back on
>>> the number of packs of cigarrettes you smoke but it is a drain. Can you go another 5
>>>> 4. I'm sorry. I don't know Sandra Tyson but do know thousands of others pleading for
>>>> help. Shutting down the deceit of the Chamber will help stop this.
>>> You should know Sandra Tyson, you should Frank, you should know Mary; they were the grass
>>> roots supporting your cause. The Chamber is a personal issue of which you picked the
>>> battle. It had no bearing on Sandra Tyson.
>>>> 5. I left ACHEMMIC. I can't speak for what they do or do not do.
>>> Why do good people put their name on a petetion, or join a political group when they don't
>>> know what they do or not do. At your national level of recognition don't you think you
>>> should be sure of an association before put your name with theirs.
>>>> 6. You still sound bitter that all did not go well for you 10 years ago and if things did
>>>> not go well for you, then they should not go well for anyone else. Wrong attitude for
>>>> one to live their life by.
>>> Things did go exceptionaly well for us, we avoided having our nest egg washed away with
>>> Katrinia, We were able to place the children in private school, and an ivy league collage.
>>> We are thus far avoiding the massive layoffs not seen for 36 years. I can play golf or
>>> tennis with the children, where once I was looking for fuel to heat the home. Your
>>> settlement was two years prior to our settlement; so no the M. Ballard mold is gold rush
>>> wasn't used as it had no bearing. Two honest men set the sights for the litigation of
>>> breach of contract, not mold. It was really never an issue. The Chamber of Commerce Paper
>>> has no influence when the court takes all evidence at face value. Find the people that are
>>> covered in mold and that is your beginning. The mold era is over, even if your case hasn't
>>> been dismissed.
>>>> On 8/12/10, johncodie wrote:
>>>>> On 8/11/10, Sharon wrote:
>>>>>> No. I don't know anyone named Sandra Tyson. And I do not generate income from this
>>>>>> issue - as you WELL KNOW - while promoting or not promoting ACHEMMIC's or anyone
>>>>>> else's agenda. No. I am not concerned about being a "noteworthy cyber space figure
>>>>>> of respect". If I was, I certainly wouldn't be participating in this nonsense on a
>>>>>> public forum with you!
>>>>>> This is what I want and what I have ALWAYS wanted: I was the deception of the US
>>>>>> Chamber of Commerce et al, over this issue that it has been scientifically proven
>>>>>> claims of mold induced illness are only being made because of "trial lawyers, media
>>>>>> and Junk Science" G-O-N-E from public health policy. That's it. That is all I want
>>>>>> and I will not be stopping until I get it. Can't. Too many lives at stake.
>>>>> Your legal defense does recieve money, as is any monitary judgements being paid on
>>>>> your behalf. So if your on the street pandering for a dollar, or you permit some to
>>>>> pander for that dollar on your behalf it is considered income. Your accountants can
>>>>> argue the arms lenght it did not go into my bank account, even though the soliciations
>>>>> use your name, and the purpose. You should know Sandra Tyson as she was one of the
>>>>> individuals pleading for help from these chat room relief groups. Maybe she could
>>>>> have benefited from one of those solicited dollars. She, and Frank, and Mary and
>>>>> others were trying to find the first 10 years benefits of the mold is gold melodrama.
>>>>> Prior to the Chamber of Commerce you wanted your house on the Lake fixed, placed in
>>>>> the same shape as it was before. You wanted to have public record of your daugher's
>>>>> health issues attributed from the generated mold. You wanted compensation for your
>>>>> and their pain and suffering. The Chamber of Commerce was only a party to the mold is
>>>>> gold melodrama when inspectors started cooking the mold. Ask any knowlegable
>>>>> inspectors. The Chamber used influence to reduce their members liability, mold has
>>>>> been added as an additional coverage, or removed from policies for years. ACHEMMIC
>>>>> and other groups are just trying to get numbers of minimum exposure so it justifies
>>>>> their business profit for having the government on their side. Even on hazadous waste
>>>>> site's for know PEL's the government is broke. You won't stop junk sceince until your
>>>>> groups start publishing it; you can't get the government onboard, and can't get your
>>>>> people in government positions. With the census, and statistics were a nation of
>>>>> numbers. There are no lives at stake! There are no numbers of deaths attributed to
>>>>> mold! There was a person "Sandra Tyson" who thought she would be the "one" to bear
>>>>> the proof; but you and your groups dismissed her. She and Frank, Mary have provided
>>>>> enough information to be given the opportunity to be counted as one of those
>>>>> statistics but they got ignored, or mistreated with the mold cure prescribed by some
>>>>> of these experts that are spreading their brand of junk science.
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