Histoplasmosis

cause
a fungus infection that affects the lungs and may occasionally invade other parts of the body
spread
inhaling the spore stage of the fungus
incubation
5–18 days (usually about 10 days) after exposure
symptoms
mild to severe, ranging from flu–like illness to serious lung infection
communicability
usually 2 weeks or less, but rarely over 6 months
prevention
when working in potentially contaminated enclosures, spray soil with water and wear dust mask; decontaminate infected areas
treatment
medications such as Amphotericin B are available
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