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    I have a question on how do you contract Sporotrichosis. Do you get it from handling the Sphagnum peat moss or the long fibered sphagnum moss? After hear about this disease from my friend. I'm now very worried about handle it now. Can anyone help clear things up about this?

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    Of all the CPers out there I think I have only heard of 1 case so I really doubt you have to worry. In theory it could come from both but the latter is the one most associated with it. Check Barry Rice's FAQs for more info on it.
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    Is it dangerous?

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    It can be if the infection goes systemic which it often does.

    The cause of the infection is spores of the fungus in dried sphagnum or sphagnum peat moss entering the skin through a cut or lesion or from inhaling the spores.

    Look for a non-healing non-painful blister at the infection site. Treatment is potassium based, which goes on for months. Not very pleasant from the taste and side-effects and can't be used if you have bad kidneys or some heart conditions.
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    Using the power of Google.

    "A new drug, itraconazole (Sporanox), is now the first choice for treatment because it causes fewer side effects than potassium iodide...."

    from http://www.dhpe.org

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    I know of several people who have contacted this, so it is not too terrebly rare.
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    Just be sure to wear gloves when you handle sphagnum, and try to avoid inhaling it. Wash your hand with soap and water when your done, especially if you have any cuts. In most cases it's not deadly as long as you get the proper treatment if you've been infected. I wouldn't fret though, you're chances are probably pretty slim if you're carefull
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    Do anyone have a picture on what the infection look's like. So in the future I know what to look for. nepenthes_ak yes this disease is dangerous, it can kill you. Here the link to the place Pyro recommend: http://www.sarracenia.com/faq/faq3880.html

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