Study: Hmong Community May be at Increased Risk for Blasto

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

Members of the Hmong community may be at increased risk for contracting Blastomycosis. That's according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Blastomycosis is a deadly fungal infection that can affect the lungs, skin and bone. It can come with pneumonia-like symptoms.

The CDC found that Blasto is widespread but not everyone develops symptoms of infection.

Investigators aren't sure why the Hmong community is at increased risk, but they say outdoor activities did not appear to be a risk factor for illness among cases in the investigation. The CDC investigation was done in the Wausau area during the summer of 2010.

The overall number of Blasto cases has gone down in 2011. There have been 16 cases reported to date, compared to 58 in 2010.

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