Histoplasmosis and Threats from Bird Droppings

It is a silent and deadly disease. It is estimated that 80% of us have already been in contact with this disease and in the United States alone, 500,000 people will get it. Of those, 5,000 people will get sick enough to be hospitalized and 800 will die annually. How do you get this disease? You breathe. It is called Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by the Histoplasma fungus. The fungus is usually found in the soil that contains large amounts of bird droppings. It is sometimes called cave disease because it is also found where there are large amounts of bat droppings. People would go into caves where the bats live, inhale the fungus and get very sick. Most people who brea

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