Histoplasmosis (say: hiss-toe-plaz-mo-sis) is an infection in your lungs caused by a fungus. Histoplasmosis is a common systemic mycosis with a primary pulmonary infection but with uncommon hematogenous dissemination, characterized by chronic infection of mucous membranes, skin, and reticuloendothelial organs (liver, bone marrow, and spleen).
The fungus that causes histoplasmosis grows in the ground. Farming, gardening or any activity that disturbs the soil can let fungus spores get into the air. If you breathe in those spores, you can get the infection.
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