A novel fungus called C. gattii, has recently been identified and appears to be a threat to otherwise healthy people. Typically, fungal disease is associated with transplant recipients and HIV-infected patients, but this fungal infection is attacking healthy individuals. The mortality rate is 25%. It infects humans an animals. Right now all reported cases are in the Oregon and Washington state area. How it will respond to the deserts of the Southwest and low humidity is not known.
Symptoms can appear tow to several months after exposure, and may include a cough lasting weeks, sharp chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fever, nighttime sweats and weight loss.
While C. gattii can be treated, it cannot be prevented; there is no vaccine currently. Normal hospital quality disinfectants used at DesertSmiles should kill surface contact. Below are two recent articles discussing this infection. While we strive to provide the finest in cosmetic, sedation and implant dentistry in Glendale and Phoenix, Arizona, we take our patients health and safety as our most important task.