I saw this thread on another forum and thought it was interesting.
sure its possible. i can also get anthrax from walking the back country. its in the soil around here and every once in awhile it wakes up from its dormant state and inffects livestock and sometimes ranchers. its HIGHLY unlikely to happen to me but it could. i feel it is probably unlikely to get a lung infection but not inpossible. 20 ppl could inhale the dust from a package of sphagnum and maybe one will come down with some sort of infection. dont breath in the dust and wear gloves and wash your hands if your worried. it seems to me its one of those things that could happen but is it really worth spending great amounts of time worrying about? just my 2 cents.
I wouldn't worry about it.
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Lol. I don`t wear gloves\mask or anything when handleing Lfs
But I do know lung infections hurt!
Just wet it down and there won't be any dust kickup. I wouldn't worry though.
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ha.. i have a lung infection right now. Pretty bad to say the least. I had a bale of sphagnum sitting under my desk uncovered in water and when i check it yesterday it was full of fungus. Maybe thats the reason i'm sick. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]
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I think its not as dangerous as it sounds. More dangerous is the dust of silicium dioxide, also known as sand...please save your lung and keep your face away from the fine dust if you handle with sand. My aquarium sand is very dusty in dry form, just wet it first and mix your soil.
Every anorganic material can have cancerogen effects for your lungs as long it is fine enough: even house dust, the particles which come out of cars with diesel engines...and so on.
I asked this same question because around the time I got into CPs my cat began licking himself on his belly until he wore the hair off and then continued licking until he got a rash. In the course of spending about $1000 on Kitty I asked the Vet about Sporotrichosis from the Sphagnum and he said he wouldn't think it was very likely.
Anyway, I haven't had any Sphagnum with bad dust since I have been using the blonde "new zealand" stuff for the past couple years. The old Mosser Lee sphagnum from *Wisconsin was terribly dry and dusty, making me cough every time I dug into the huge bale I bought. Finally I just threw it out. Much of it was twigs and roots anyway! I'd say as long as you've got the nice clean blonde stuff you shouldn't have any big problems to worry about.
Yeah, don't let that stuff sit in a pail of water for more than a couple hours or it'll start to develop all sorts of horrific smells![img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_k_ani_32.gif[/img]