A little study out last week used the words “hypervirulent” and “infection”together and created a frenzy.
The report looked at changes in a tropical fungus, Cryptococcus gattii, that is now showing up in the Pacific Northwest and has mutated into a more aggressive version. Infections cause symptoms mimicking pneumonia or meningitis.
The study’s author, a Duke University graduate student, found the new strains to be 100-percent fatal for his lab animals. That’s the scary part.
But human infections are rare, at least to date.
The take-home message is that folks shouldn’t change their lives around — you can’t really avoid the tiny spores anyway, and treatment is available. But medical professionals should be aware that this is out there. (Via Time).