April 19, 2001

Students Warned About Possible Fungal Infection

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Gannett: Cornell University Health Services released an e-mail to every Cornell student on Tuesday warning of the possibility of a fungal infection on campus.

Some college students spending their Spring Break may have inadvertently brought back histoplasmosis — a fungal illness causing flu-like symptoms — with them from Acapulco, Mexico.

Along with tans, souvenirs and memories, approximately 221 students from 37 colleges in 18 different states across the country returned to school with the illness’ symptoms.

These attacks prompted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American College Health Association to contact Gannett and ask the center to release a warning to all students, according to Sharon Dittman, the associate director of community relations for Gannett.

“The CDC was notified from the Pennsylvania Department of Health