Health officials warn residents of rare soil disease

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It looks like the flu, feels like the flu, but doctors say it’s not the flu. This rare disease is called histoplasmosis, and doctors want local residents to be aware that it is out there.

The disease is caused by inhaling a fungus from the ground. The rare soil disease is linked to bird and bat droppings.

According to reports, two boy scout campers in Louisiana became sick with flu-like symptoms once they returned from a trip. A 16-year-old girl from St. Francisville also contracted the rare soil disease when she traveled to Camp Avondale with her brother last month.

Doctors eventually found white spots in her lungs through an X-ray.

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention is investigating this case. There is no confirmed number of people with the disease in Louisiana.

Doctor Raoult Ratard from the Louisiana Health Department said the best way to prevent the rare soil disease is to wash your hands frequently, especially after being outside.

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