UW Health warns fighters of respiratory virus

MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) — With the start of deer hunting season this weekend, UW Health is warning hunters about a serious respiratory illness this year.

Blastomycosis is caused by breathing in spores of a fungus that grows in moist soils, particularly around riverbanks, leaves, and decaying wood.

Clear. sees some of the highest rates of blastomycosis in the country. Anyone who spends time away from home should be aware of the symptoms and seek treatment early.

“Most of the symptoms are respiratory. Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chest pain. The sooner you diagnose it, the sooner it can be treated and the better the outcome,” said Dr. Bruce Klein of UW Health.

Symptoms usually appear three weeks to three months after inhaling the mold spores. UW Health says if you experience these symptoms, you should see your health care provider.

Additional information can be found on UW Health’s website, HERE.

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