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    • Rare Disease Day

      Today is National Rare Disease Day...

      Help the National Institute of Health bring recognition to over 7,000 rare diseases in the US and the challenges by those affected.

      COOTIESWe've talked about NORD - the National Organization for Rare Disorders & The Global Genes Project -

      Now... Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) celebrates the seventh annual Rare Disease Day with a day-long celebration and recognition of the various rare diseases research activities supported by the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research, the NIH Clinical Center, other NIH Institutes and Centers; the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Product Development; other Federal Government agencies; the National Organization for Rare Disorders; and the Genetic Alliance. Rare Disease Day at NIH will be held in the Masur Auditorium (Building 10) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Attendance is free and open to the public.

      In addition to the various scheduled talks (see agenda), there will be Clinical Center Tours and posters and exhibits from many groups relevant to the rare diseases research community displayed. In association with the Global Genes Project, we again encourage all attendees to wear their favorite pair of jeans.

      About Rare Disease Day

      Rare Disease Day was established to raise awareness with the public about rare diseases, the challenges encountered by those affected, the importance of research to develop diagnostics and treatments, and the impact of these diseases on patients' lives. The focus of Rare Disease Day 2010 was 'Patients and Researchers, Partners for Life!' and is aligned with ORDR's philosophy that researchers need to work closely with patients and patient advocacy groups to maximize chances for success. This philosophy has been put into practice in our very successful Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.

      Rare Disease Day - February 28, 2014

       

      There are about 7000 rare diseases identified in the United States. About 80 percent of rare diseases are genetic in origin and it is estimated that about half of all rare diseases affect children. Rare diseases can be chronic, progressive, debilitating, disabling, severe and life-threatening. Information is often scarce and research is usually insufficient. People affected face challenges such as delays in obtaining a diagnosis, misdiagnosis, psychological burden and lack of support services for the patient and family. The goals remain for rare disease patients to obtain the highest attainable standard of health and to be provided the resources required to overcome common obstacles in their lives.

      By highlighting these issues, the NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research hopes to:

      • Raise awareness of rare diseases
      • Strengthen the voice of patients and patient advocacy groups
      • Give hope and information to patients
      • Bring stakeholders closer together
      • Coordinate policy actions within the United States and with other countries
      • Inspire continued growth of the awareness of rare diseases
      • Emphasize rare disease research and the search for new therapeutics
      • Get equality in access to care and treatment

      The first Rare Disease Day sponsored by EURORDIS was held in Europe on February 29, 2008. February 29th was chosen since it is a rare day and it is symbolic of rare diseases. 2009 was the first time that Rare Disease Day was observed in the U.S. In addition to 17 European countries participating in Rare Disease Day 2009, the United States was joined by Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, and Taiwan in celebrating the first global Rare Disease Day.BBP

    • National Organization for Rare Disorders and The Global Genes Project

      National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

      National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) serves as the sponsor of Rare Disease Day  in the United States, working with EURORDIS and other national sponsors around the world.  NORD hosts the official Rare Disease Day US website, where it provides resources such as a press kit and suggested activities for organizations, schools or universities, companies, and individuals.  For Rare Disease Day 2014, NORD is helping organize awareness events within states across the U.S.

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      The Global Genes Project
      hope Global Genes Project is a leading rare and genetic disease patient advocacy organization led by Team RARE (Rare advocacy, Awareness, Research, Education) and promotes the needs of the rare and genetic disease community under a unifying symbol of hope – the Blue Denim Genes RibbonTM.What began as a grassroots movement in 2009 to use the simple concept of "jeans and genes" to increase awareness for rare and genetic disorders has grown to over 400 global organizations. Their mission is centered on increasing rare disease awareness, public and physician education, building community through social media and supporting research initiatives to find treatments and cures for rare and genetic diseases.Global Genes organizes a Wear That You CareTM awareness campaign on World Rare Disease Day where supporters wear the Genes RibbonTM and their favorite pair of jeans to show support for people fighting rare and genetic diseases. They encourage patients and family advocates to share their stories through social media via creative photo campaigns and blog articles. In 2013, the organization will launch a Twitter campaign with the hashtags #careaboutrare and #wearthatyoucare.For more information on how to receive Blue Denim Genes RibbonsTM and how to participate in the Wear That You CareTM campaign, visit http://globalgenes.org/world-rare-disease-day/.

    • Construction Safety Risk and Prevention

      Home sweet home’… ever wondered about the efforts made to build these beautiful houses? Everyone accesses premises made of bricks and mortar for some or the other purpose; this includes school, office, community center, gym, supermalls, stores, etc. and off course your own house. One thing that goes unnoticed is the hard work, effort and risks that an average construction worker takes to build these masterpieces.

      In most of the industrialized countries, approximately 5% to 10% of the workforce is made up of construction workers. According to ILO.org, an encyclopedia of occupational health and safety, 90% of the construction workers across the world are males. Women are in prominent numbers in some countries while in others majority of the workers are immigrants.

      According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are around 252,000 construction locations per day with close to 6.5 million workers being employed for the same. The rate of serious injuries in the construction industry is way more than the national average for all others. Thus, it is imperative to learn about these risks and take precautions in order to establish such arrangements that reduce the probability of the occurrence of a mishap. Additionally, these arrangements can also include disaster management in order to reduce the adverse effect of a mishap, if it does occur.

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      Here are some major safety issues that the workers in the construction industry are likely to be succumbed to:

      1. Ladders: When a site is under construction, it is obvious that the stairs and ladders used to reach heights are quite fragile. Construction workers job roles are such that they have to risk their lives to get on to these ladders despite knowing the potential danger that it can have on their lives. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are 24,882 accidents and more than 35 lives are lost per year due to workers falling-off ladders and stairs.

      What should be done?

      • It is very important to arrange a ladder that can sustain enough weight and is more durable.
      • Before the ladder or stairways is used, ensure to get it inspected by an expert who can check for the following defects like:
      1. Split in side rails, structural wear and tear, missing or broken steps.
      2. Any kind of pollutants like oil or dirt that can cause a person to slip from the stairs.
      3. Any kind of defect or wear and tear that is hidden by any sticker or paint.
      • The size, in terms of the length, of the ladder should be appropriate and as much as is required for the worker to reach safely at the desired destination. The workers should not be required to extend their body to reach the destination as that can cause fall or slip too.
      • Keep the defective ladder away with proper labels like ‘Do Not Use’ or ‘Defective’, etc. so that it does not risk anyone’s life. One can also try to get it repaired, and if that is not possible then the ladder must be destroyed to avoid any potential use.
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      Ladders are one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment in almost any work environment. From common stepladders to sophisticated extension ladders, they can be found almost everywhere.

      Our training products on "Ladder Safety" show that because they are so common, many employees take ladders for granted, and don''t take the appropriate precautions when using ladders. Topics covered in these products include:

      • Ladder selection.
      • Inspection before use.
      • Setting up and moving ladders.
      • Climbing on ladders.
      • Ladder accidents.
      • and more.

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      2. Fall Protection: Construction workers are required to be around an under construction site, where they are required to reach heights without any strong or durable facility. Falls are known to be the major cause of fatalities, every year, in the construction industry. There are numerous factors that contribute to falls like not using fall protection tools and equipment as precaution, fragile working support systems or it could also be human error. It is important that the construction site is fully equipped with fall protection equipment like shock absorbing lanyards, guardrails, anchorage connectors and others.

      What should be done?

      • Conceal any holes or large spaces that can cause falls.
      • Equip the construction site with various safety tools and equipment.
      • All the workers should be trained properly to use this safety equipment to avoid any chances of human error.
      • Draw some warning lines that can direct the workers to stay in areas that are safe. So even if they have to cross the lines, they will ensure to be extra cautious.
      • Safer elevated systems and guardrails are very important too.
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      Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls...and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in "lost work time".

      Our training products on "Fall Protection" provide the information employees need to work safely when they are "off the ground", and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

      • The seriousness of fall hazards.
      • Types of environments where falls may occur.
      • The "Fall Protection Plan".
      • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
      • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
      • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
      • Protective equipment.
      • and more.

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      3. Scaffolding: Scaffolding is one of the most required elements of a construction site. However, there are many potential safety issues associated with Scaffolding if proper care is not taken. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 2.3 million workers, in the construction industry, often work on scaffolds. Scaffold protective measures can help avoid more than 4000 estimated injuries and 50 estimated deaths per year.

      What should be done?

      • The scaffold in place must be rigid, strong and sound enough to not only carry its own weight, but additional four – five times its weight. This additional weight should not cause any displacement.
      • Avoid using any other items that are unstable like the bricks, barrels and others as a support to the scaffold.
      • Any activity related to moving, erecting or altering the scaffold should be done by an expert or at least an experienced individual should be supervising the same.
      • There should be boards and guardrails on the scaffold.
      • Before using the scaffold, it is imperative that an expert inspects the same and ensures that it is safe to be used.
      • Equip the scaffold with defect-free accessories like screw legs, braces, ladders, trusses. If any of these are damaged or defective, then immediately get it repaired or dispose the ones which are not appropriate to be used.
      • The rope, used to suspend the scaffold, must be protected against any sources that can cause potential wear and tear of the same.
      • At all times, a distance of minimum 10 feet should be maintained between the scaffold and any electric power lines.
      • Frequent inspection of scaffolds and its accessories should be done by an expert to ensure utmost safety at all times.
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      Supported Scaffolding Safety - Whenever a worker leaves the ground, the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. With more than 10,000 scaffold related injuries reported each year, OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. These products will help employers meet the training requirements of OSHA's Scaffolding regulation.

      Our training products on "Supported Scaffolding Safety" help employees understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain and use scaffolding equipment. Topics covered in these products include:

      • Responsibilities of a "scaffold expert".
      • Creating a level and stable foundation.
      • Platforms and planking.
      • The danger of power lines.
      • Ramps and walkways.
      • Platform hazards.
      • Personal fall arrest systems.
      • Guarding against falling objects.
      • and more!
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      Suspended Scaffolding Safety -  Whenever a worker leaves the ground, the risk of an accident occurring increases dramatically. With more than 10,000 scaffold related injuries reported each year, OSHA has mandated that workers be trained on how to safely erect and use these work platforms. These products will help employers meet the training requirements of OSHA's Scaffolding regulation.
      Our training products on "Suspended Scaffolding Safety" help employees understand the dangers of working with scaffolds, and how these risks can be minimized by knowing the correct ways to erect, maintain and use scaffolding equipment. Topics covered in these products include:

      • Responsibilities of a "scaffold expert".
      • Platforms and planking.
      • The danger of power lines.
      • Platform hazards.
      • Personal fall arrest systems.
      • Guarding against falling objects.
      • and more!

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      These are some of the risks that exist in the construction industry. Apart from this, one should be careful about one’s personal safety and also take insurance against various hazards that are most likely to occur in the industry.

      IN SUMMARY:

      The article highlights some of the major risks that the workers face in the construction industry and gives information about the preventive measures for the same.

    • How Safe are you on the Road?

      Road Safety isn't just about you...

      You've taken all the appropriate steps:

      Now you're safe, right? Nope.
      What about the other drivers on the road?

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        Since the mid-1990s, alcohol-impaired driving has been involved in nearly one-third of all fatal crashes .

      • Ignition interlocks, devices installed in a vehicle that prevent the vehicle from starting if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath, reduce the rate of re-arrest  among convicted alcohol-impaired drivers by 67% while installed.
      • As of August 1, 2013, 19 states had laws requiring ignition interlocks for all offenders convicted of driving while intoxicated, according to CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports.
    • Yes, It’s True: There really is a Fungus Among Us

      While it is the name of the debut album of and our recent post on dangerous fungi... there's more to learn...

      Athlete’s foot, ringworm, diaper rash, dandruff, some cases of sinusitis, and vaginal yeast infections are all caused by fungi. These microscopic co-travelers live in the air, water, soil, and, so it happens, on our body. NIH researchers have just completed the first census of the fungi that live on the human body, and it’s quite a diverse collection [1].

      Q-tipsThe researchers used Q-tips and toenail clippings to sample 14 sites from 10 healthy human volunteers and then analyzed the DNA to determine the identity of the fungi in these locations. They focused on sites—like the back of the head, nostril, feet, and groin, for example—that are frequently plagued with diseases thought to be caused by fungi. (The same team of researchers took a similar approach a few years back to catalog all the bacteria that live on human skin [2].)

      Altogether, the DNA sequencing revealed 80 genera of fungi on the surface of our bodies. Fungi belonging to the genus Malassezia are by far the most common on the head and trunk. The hands, which are rich in bacteria, have relatively few types of fungi. But it’s the feet—the heels, the webbed skin between the toes, and the toenails—that harbor the most diverse collection of fungi, with up to 80 genera—including the yeast Saccharomyces that’s used to brew beer and make bread.

      Toenail infections are notoriously difficult to eradicate. Interestingly, the researchers discovered that toenails foster unique collections of fungi. Some of these fungi can discolor and break the toenail, creating portals through which other pathogenic bacteria and fungi can enter the body.

      Line drawing of a human with pie charts of various degrees of purple fill adjacent to different areas of the body.

      Human Skin Fungal Diversity. The fungi Malassezia (purple) dominates the majority of the body sites. The feet harbor the greatest diversity of fungi. Credit: Darryl Leja and Julia Fekecs, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH.

      Together, all of these studies reveal that the skin is an incredibly dynamic and complex ecosystem teeming with bacteria, viruses, and fungi that interact with each other and with us, their hosts! This census gives us the opportunity to investigate how all these microorganisms network, what they do for us, and what we do for them. That’s vital, because certain microbes are needed for healthy skin, while others cause disease or set the stage for them.

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      The skin isn’t the only location that harbors fungi. Just last year, an NIH-supported team based at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, showed that there’s a rich community of fungi co-existing with bacteria in the human intestine [3].

      About 29 million Americans suffer from fungal infections. Many of those are just bothersome skin problems—but fungi can also cause life threatening lung problems (like Valley Fever in the Southwest United States) or meningitis (as recently reported in  hundreds of individuals after epidural injections of a contaminated steroid preparation).  Most current oral antifungal medications have serious side effects, including liver and kidney damage. To develop safer drugs and vaccines, we need a better understanding of our fungal friends and foes. The use of genomic sequencing to take the census of these microbes opens a new chapter in understanding health and disease.

      References:

      [1]  Topographic diversity of fungal and bacterial communities in human skin. Findley K, Oh J, Yang J, Conlan S, Deming C, Meyer JA, Schoenfeld D, Nomicos E, Park M; NIH Intramural Sequencing Center Comparative Sequencing Program, Becker J, Benjamin B, Blakesley R, Bouffard G, Brooks S, Coleman H, Dekhtyar M, Gregory M, Guan X, Gupta J, Han J, Hargrove A, Ho SL, Johnson T, Legaspi R, Lovett S, Maduro Q, Masiello C, Maskeri B, McDowell J, Montemayor C, Mullikin J, Park M, Riebow N, Schandler K, Schmidt B, Sison C, Stantripop M, Thomas J, Thomas P, Vemulapalli M, Young A, Kong HH, Segre JA. Nature. 2013 May 22.

      [2] Topographical and temporal diversity of the human skin microbiome. Grice EA, Kong HH, Conlan S, Deming CB, Davis J, Young AC; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Bouffard GG, Blakesley RW, Murray PR, Green ED, Turner ML, Segre JA. Science. 2009 May 29;324(5931):1190-2.

      [3] Interactions between commensal fungi and the C-type lectin receptor Dectin-1 influence colitis. Iliev ID, Funari VA, Taylor KD, Nguyen Q, Reyes CN, Strom SP, Brown J, Becker CA, Fleshner PR, Dubinsky M, Rotter JI, Wang HL, McGovern DP, Brown GD, Underhill DM. Science. 2012 Jun 8;336(6086):1314-7.

      For More Information:

      Understanding Microbes; in Sickness and in Health

      The Human Microbiome Project

      NIH support: National Human Genome Research Institute; National Cancer Institute; Clinical Center; National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Office of the Director/Common Fund

    • LEGO Learning and CPR

      AWESOME PSA for CPR!

      The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has turned to iconic LEGO building blocks for its latest resuscitation first aid advert.

      The new campaign, created by London-based media agency PHD, was designed for online media, the British Heart Foundation told PMLiVE, and aims to promote the use of hands-only CPR.

      The advertisement – a LEGO recreation of the 'Hands-only' ad featuring actor Vinnie Jones – had its only TV airing in a break during the February 9 episode of ITV's 'Dancing on Ice'. Shown alongside three other adverts, it formed part of the world's first LEGO ad break.

      Also getting the LEGO treatment, as part of the promotional campaign for the new LEGO film, were ads for Premier Inn, BT and Confused.com.

      While it is not destined for a second TV airing, the BHF ad has proved popular online; more than 100,000 people having already viewed it on YouTube. The charity is promoting the video through its website and social media channels.

      The original cardiopulmonary resuscitation ad continues to attract tens of thousands of views each month, with its training video having been viewed nearly 4 million times.

      “We expect the LEGO version will continue to be popular in the same way. We do hope that the new Hands-only CPR advert will help pass on important life-saving messages to a younger audience as LEGO is so popular with children,” a BHF spokesman told PMLiVE.

      According to the BHF, victims can survive an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, but only if they receive immediate CPR – this unfortunately does not take place in the majority of cases in the UK, the charity said.

      Untrained bystanders wanting to help victims of a cardiac arrest should carry out hands-only CPR, as demonstrated in both the original and LEGO versions of this advert.

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      Everyone needs to know CPR – and it is not expensive to learn. In the US, American CPR Training teaches group classes at your location from as low as $16.50 per Student for full 2 year Adult, Child & Infant CPR – any where in the USA! http://americancpr.com/specialty.html

      If you don’t have a group of 4 or more, they have an awesome program to learn CPR at Home (including CPR Manikins!)

      The national group American CPR Training (www.AmericanCPR.com) is teaching their new easy C.A.R.E. CPR™ Their website says:
      American CPR Training™ ~ America’s Favorite CPR, AED & First Aid Training™ is more than just the Leader in Safety Training throughout the US, Canada, & Mexico… American CPR Training is ½ the Time, ½ the Price, and TWICE the Fun!™

      EKGOn this subject though - it is important, too, that everyone consider the importance of AEDs - CPR doesn't generally really "Resuscitate" as the name would imply, but rather maintains stasis until an AED or other advanced lifesaving practices are applied.
      Consider the National AED Grant program at www.AedGrant.com - they provide funding assistance for getting AEDS. Their program is described as -

      An AED in every Home….
      An AED in every Business….
      An AED in every Public Place….

      Our Goal: An AED wherever tragedy may strike.

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    • Fire training, why is it necessary in the workplace?

      The possibility of a fire breaking out at work often seems too remote to warrant much attention, and as a result many businesses tend to give insufficient thought to workplace fire safety. In fact, many employees are quite clueless as to what to do to prevent fires and how to react should a fire break out. Other than the odd fire drill, most workplaces place little to no emphasis on fire safety. While workplace fires are in fact not extremely common, the consequences of a fire can be staggering. Just as insurance offers protection in the event of an unlikely but devastating occurrence, putting in place a sound workplace fire safety plan and educating all employees on the correct procedures to take can go a long way towards preventing the devastation of a fire-related accident. Here are some steps that should be taken at all workplaces.

      Train employees to identify the severity of a fire

      There is no one correct way to deal with a fire. While a smaller fire may be combated with a fire extinguisher, a more severe fire may require immediate evacuation. Dealing with a fire in an inappropriate manner can have terrible consequences, for instance when a building is evacuated due to a small fire that could have been easily extinguished. The first response to a fire is vitally important to a positive outcome. Before they can know what steps to take to deal with a fire, employees need to be trained to identify the severity of a fire. Only then will they be able to identify and apply the appropriate response to the fire. Videos on workplace fire safety can be shown to employees in order to give everyone involved a deeper understanding of how to analyse and deal with fires.

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      Train employees to use fire extinguishers

      While it goes without saying that any workplace must be equipped with fire extinguishers, they are of little use if nobody on the premises is able to effectively use them. Employees should be trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers so they are able to swiftly deal with small fires. Videos and practical demonstrations allowing hands-on participation can equip employees with the necessary knowledge to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher.

      Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year fires cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage and result in thousands of employee injuries, a number of which are fatal. Yet many of these catastrophes could have been prevented if the fire had been extinguished before it started to spread.

      Our training products on "Using Fire Extinguishers" look at why things burn, review the types of fire extinguishers that are found in facilities today, and discuss how to use fire extinguishers to fight small fires. Topics covered in these products include:

      • What causes things to burn.
      • The concept of "flashpoint".
      • "Classes" of fires.
      • Fire extinguisher labels.
      • Chemical fire extinguishers.
      • Water fire extinguishers.
      • How to use a fire extinguisher.
      • and more.

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    • First Responders First

      First Responder Situational Awareness
      OK - you're on the work on neighborhood response team.. you're stocked up, trained, and ready to look after anyone in need... Who is looking after you?

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      To reduce responder casualty incidents, we must first improve our ability to develop and maintain situational awareness under stress.

      You are of no help to others if you are inured, distracted, panicked, or incapacitated in any other way - Fools Rush In - take your time, asses all potential dangers and solutions before entering a scene... it will make a difference to both you and the casualty, and will result in better aid and rescue.

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    • There's a Fungus Among Us

      Natural disasters bring risk of fungal infections according to LiveScience

      Natural disasters can create conditions that put survivors at risk for fungal infections, which are often overlooked, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can displace harmful fungi from their natural habitat, potentially bringing them into contact with injured and vulnerable people, the report said. Individuals may inhale fungal spores, or the spores can find their way into wounds, resulting in infections.

      Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters can displace harmful fungi from their natural habitat, potentially bringing them into contact with injured and vulnerable people, the report said. Individuals may inhale fungal spores, or the spores can find their way into wounds, resulting in infections.MayDay

      For example, after the devastating 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., 13 severely injured people developed a rare fungal infection called mucormycosis. The type of fungus that causes this infection is found in the soil and decaying organic matter that victims were exposed to as a result of the disaster.

      Following a 1994 earthquake near Los Angeles, more than 200 people developed a fungal infection called coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever. Landslides and aftershocks caused by the earthquake generated dust clouds, which dispersed soil fungus that people inhaled, the report said.

      Although not a very frequent occurrence, fungal infections following disasters may become more common with climate change, the report said. Warmer temperatures may allow harmful fungi to expand into new areas. Coupled with the predicted increase in extreme weather, "a larger or more geographically widespread ecologic burden of pathogenic fungi could lead to greater numbers of disaster-associated fungal infections," the report said.

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      Health care providers should be aware of the potential for people to develop fungal infections after natural disasters, so that treatment can be started early, the report said. Fungal infections are sometimes mistaken for other illnesses, such as bacterial infections, which can delay appropriate treatment. After the Los Angeles earthquake, for example, 93 percent of Valley Fever sufferers received one or more antibiotics before their fungal infection was diagnosed, the report said.

      Typically, these fungal infections are uncommon in people with healthy immune systems, so doctors may not think to look for them. So when patients have infections that are not responding to antibacterial treatments, doctors should consider fungal infections, the report said.

      The delay in getting medical treatments that often happens after natural disasters can also contribute to these infections taking hold, the report said.

      "Strategies to reduce disaster-associated fungal infections should be considered within the broader context of comprehensive and sustainable risk-reduction methods to prevent disaster-related injury and illness," the researchers wrote in their report, published in the March issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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