histoplasmosis

noun
his·to·plas·mo·sis | \ ˌhi-stə-plaz-ˈmō-səs \

Definition of histoplasmosis 

: a respiratory disease with symptoms like those of influenza that is caused by a fungus (Histoplasma capsulatum) and is marked by benign involvement of lymph nodes of the trachea and bronchi or by severe progressive generalized involvement of the lymph nodes and tissues (as of the liver or spleen) rich in macrophages

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Most people recover without problem from histoplasmosis, even without treatment, but treatment is required for prolonged cases. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "What health risks will the Thai soccer players face after they're rescued from the cave?," 10 July 2018 Unclean coops can help spread diseases such as salmonella, histoplasmosis and campylobacter infection to humans. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "University Heights City Council considers allowing backyard chickens," 21 Feb. 2018 That rare disease, histoplasmosis, can be contracted by inhaling the spores of a fungus called Histoplasma capsulatum, which can emanate from chicken droppings and become airborne. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Pepper Pike Council may prohibit backyard chicken ownership," 21 Dec. 2017 One family of scientists who peered inside a bat tree without masks, Goldberg said, came down with histoplasmosis, a severe, sometimes deadly respiratory disease also found in the U.S., and sometimes known as cave disease. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, "The hunt for a future killer," 15 Dec. 2017 Leighton, 44, began losing his vision two years ago due to ocular histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that can spread to the eyes. Jenna Watson, Indianapolis Star, "Leo lost his vision at 42, here's how he's learning to get around," 15 Oct. 2017 Cohen put the property up for sale in 1978 when the property was linked to the nation’s largest outbreak of histoplasmosis, a flu-like respiratory disease. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: Riverside Amusement Park, the summer resort within city limits," 25 June 2017 A resident shared a story of his sister diagnosed with histoplasmosis, a disease contracted when airborne spores of the fungus histoplasma capsulatum are inhaled into the lungs. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Oswego to allow backyard chickens," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of histoplasmosis

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for histoplasmosis

New Latin, from Histoplasma, genus of fungi

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histoplasmosis

noun
his·to·plas·mo·sis | \ -ˌplaz-ˈmō-səs \
plural histoplasmoses\-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of histoplasmosis 

: a respiratory disease with symptoms like those of influenza that is endemic in the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys of the United States, is caused by infection with a fungus of the genus Histoplasma (H. capsulatum), and is marked by benign involvement of lymph nodes of the trachea and bronchi usually without symptoms or by severe progressive generalized involvement of the lymph nodes and macrophage-rich tissues (as of the liver and spleen) with fever, anemia, leukopenia and often with local lesions (as of the skin, mouth, or throat)

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