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Histoplasmosis !!! Please read !!! Important for all !!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Woman, Nov 20, 2008.

  1. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    I don't know if this has been talked about before but I wanted to warn you ! I was sick 4 weeks ago with severe like symptoms and trouble swallowing food. Then last Sunday I had 103 fever and flu systems again ! (I have had a flu shot) One of our BYC members answered a post from me asking if I could get sick from chickens. Told me to look up Histoplasmosis. I did and then called my doc. She did blood test and that is indeed what I have.
    There is a fungus in every chicken area especially in the litter ! If you don't wear a mask anytimeyou stir up shavings or clean up poop you can inhale these fungus spores into your lungs !!!!![​IMG]
    This can make you very sick and if your immune system is week it can cause major damage to organs like lungs and liver etc.

    I am lucky that my immune system has been able to fight it off by itself with out any sign in my chest xray.

    PLEASE BE VERY CARFULL WHEN IN THE COOP ! WHEN YOU CLEAN IT OPEN ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS !

    WEAR A MASK !!!!!!![​IMG] Stay healthy and protect yourself. It is most common in Central and eastern united states according to the CDC.
    Google Histioplasmosis and there is alot of info.
     
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  2. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
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    WoW! Thanks for the warning! That sounds really nasty! I hope you are getting better really fast! [​IMG] Were the flu like systoms the aches & pains or vomiting & the runs?
     
  3. Chicken Woman

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    I woke up in the middle of the night shivering. Had 103.2 fever, terrible headache,ache all over,weak, tired and developed a terrible non produactive cough. I am feeling better. Still a little worn out and some cough. Otherwise IM OK. This stuff can be really bad for someone who has a compromised ammune system (as in cancer,on chemo,aids etc.)

    WEAR YOUR MASK !!!!!![​IMG]
     
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    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you have severe stomach cramping and general body soreness?
     
  6. Chicken Woman

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    I didn't have any stomach issues except I have no appetite. That's the one good thing !!!!![​IMG]
     
  7. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2008
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    Thanks for the heads-up. I'll wear a mask when I rake the coop or spread the chicken compost in the garden.
     
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    BlueMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Lori - I needed that reminder!
     
  9. Riocotesei

    Riocotesei Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well thats good to know. I got sick resently and it was after I did all the coop cleanings. I was curious. We've had the face masks but havent worn them yet.
     
  10. Chicken Woman

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    Wear the face masks and if you get dust or shavings on your cloths TAKE THEM OFF AT THE DOOR
    I have been wearing a pair of coveralls and taking them off in the supply shed after IM done
    I also do not wear the boots I wear in and around the coop anywhere else they stay out there !

    Doctors Orders ! IM following them.

    And be sure you wash your hands. Dont put your hands around your nose and mouth untill you have washed them.
    I know I sound a bit crazy but i know how sick I was both times. I could barley get to the bathroom and back to my bed for the first 2 days ![​IMG][​IMG]
     

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