Human and canine pulmonary blastomycosis outbreak in North Carolina, November 2001–February 2002
MacDonald, P., Langley, R. L., Gerkin, S. R., Torok, R., & MacCormack, J. N. (2006). Human and canine pulmonary blastomycosis outbreak in North Carolina, November 2001–February 2002. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 12(8), 1242-1244. DOI: 10.3201/eid1208.050781
We investigated a cluster of blastomycosis in 8 humans and 4 dogs in a rural North Carolina community. Delayed diagnosis, difficulty isolating Blastomyces dermatitidis in nature, and lack of a sensitive and specific test to assess exposure make outbreaks of this disease difficult to study.