At least 26 cases linked to Little Wolf River
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has updated the number of confirmed cases of blastomycosis associated with the Little Wolf River near New London to at least 26 confirmed cases and 22 probable cases.
Exposures resulting in illness took place on multiple days starting with Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25, 2015) and continuing at least through July. Additional cases are anticipated.
DHS is asking anyone who visited the Little Wolf River beginning with the Memorial Day weekend, and who may have developed symptoms of blastomycosis, to contact their health care provider.
Symptoms include a fever, cough, muscle aches, and fatigue, which may progress to weight loss, chest pain and a persistent cough. Onset of illness can occur between 2 and 15 weeks after exposure. Health advisory signage has been posted where exposures may have occurred.
DHS will update the case numbers weekly on its web site at dhs.wisconsin.gov. Click the Diseases and Conditions tab at the top and then click ‘B’ in the alphabetical listing.