"Blastomycosis is an uncommon and under diagnosed disease typically caused by inhalation of
Blastomyces spp. fungi, which grow in moist soil and decomposing organic matter. Blastomyces spp.
are most prominent in the US states and in Canada along the Great Lakes and the Ohio, Mississippi,
and Saint Lawrence River valleys. Humans and dogs are typically exposed to microscopic fungal
spores from the air when participating in, or are near, activities that disturb soil. Not all who are
exposed become sick, some may have flu-like symptoms while others present with severe illness."
Blastomycosis is emerging in Upstate New York.
See more information in the NY State Department of Health Notification below.