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Fungal Disease Causes Illness in Afton

A rare fungal disease has affected several Afton residents over the past several years.

Though it isn't life-threatening for most people, health experts say that some can develop skin lesions and pulmonary infections, which could lead to death, the Pioneer Press reported.

The fungus can be found in "sandy, acidic soil enriched with decomposing organic debris, such as leaves," such as that found in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the Pioneer Press reported.

Symptoms may include fever, chills, cough, fatigue and muscle aches, but it may take months for a person to show symptoms once they inhale the fungus.

In Minnesota there have been about 30 reported cases of this fungal disease, called blastomycosis, whereas Wisconsin saw 170 in the last year.