Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne, often during cleanup or demolition projects. Soil contaminated by bird or bat droppings also can transmit histoplasmosis, so farmers and landscapers are at a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Several types of histoplasmosis exist. The mildest form produces no signs or symptoms, but severe infections can be life-threatening. When signs and symptoms do occur, they usually appear three to 17 days after exposure and may include: Fever, Chills, Headache, Muscle aches, Dry cough, Chest discomfort.
Out of the 100,000 population Centers for disease control and prevention conducted a survey and concludes that the extrapolated incidence of Histoplasmosis patients was found to be 2.32 cases