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Globe and Mail

Nanaimo, B.C. -- Health authorities are monitoring a rare fungal infection that has killed four area people and been identified in another 20 in the past 30 months.

Paul Martiquet, acting health officer for the Central Vancouver Island Health Region, said there are normally only about five or six cases of cryptococcus neoformans infection over that period of time.

CN, which is most frequently found in pigeon droppings, is common on the Island. It enters the body by inhalation.

-- Rachel Gibson (, August 30, 2001

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