Outbreak of Histoplasmosis Among Travelers Returning From El Salvador -- Pennsylvania and Virginia, 2008

December 2008
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;12/19/2008, Vol. 57 Issue 50, p1349
The article discusses the results of the investigation of a cluster of respiratory illness among three mission groups that had traveled separately to El Salvador to renovate a church. The results emphasize the necessity for travelers and persons involved in construction activities to use personal protective equipment and decrease dust-generation when working in areas where histoplasmosis is endemic. A case of histoplasmosis can be identified as a laboratory-confirmed H. capsulatum infection or self-reported fever.


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