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NEW ORLEANS -- Warmer weather outside activities--especially working in the garden--put some people at risk for fungal infections.
Experts offered these tips on diagnosis and treatment at a meeting on fungal infections sponsored by Imedex:
The Sporothrix schenckii fungus causes this infection. The fungus appears as a wrinkled brown black mold at room temperature (25[degrees] C) and as an off-white cigar shaped yeast at 37[degrees] C.
Working outdoors with plant materials and soil poses the greatest risk of sporotrichosis; people with an alcohol abuse problem, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or HIV are vulnerable to disseminated disease, said Dr. Carol A. Kauffman, VA Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sporotrichosis is most commonly transmitted by inoculation from contaminated materials, usually through splinters and thorns. Conidia can he inhaled into the lungs, and animals--particularly cats--can spread the disease to humans.
Disease can take the form of …