April 29, 2010 13:17 ET

Deadliest Infectious Disease to Ever Strike North America Goes Airborne; New Gattii Fungus Set to Spread

LONG BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2010) -  Duke University researchers announced April 23, 2010 the emergence of a new airborne and extremely deadly fungus known as Cryptococcus Gattii. The new highly virulent Gattii Fungus is transmitted through the air by inhaling spores from infected trees and it's expected to spread.

The Gattii Fungus is currently emerging in the state of Oregon where it has infected 21 resulting in 5 deaths, and it is expected to move southward into California, warned researchers. 

Experts are concerned about this new fungus as it has a current death rate of 25% making it the deadliest infectious disease to ever hit North America.

In an effort to track the new Gattii Fungus, a website and discussion forum has been launched where people can find the latest news and outbreaks. The new site is located at

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    Long Beach, CA 90806