Blastomycosis is a rare, but potentially deadly disease. But what causes blastomycosis? Blastomycosis is a fungal disease caused by the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis. Blastomyces dermatitidis is a biosafety level 3 organism, meaning that it may cause severe human disease and it may present a risk of spreading to the community, but there are usually effective preventive measures or treatment available. The fungus is endemic to many areas of the world including Eastern USA, Canada, South America and Africa. The disease symptoms may include flu, pneumonia, and skin infection.
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