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Now 42 confirmed blastomycosis cases tied to Little Wolf River

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There are now more than 40 confirmed cases of a fungal disease tied to the Little Wolf River.

In their weekly update, state health officials say there are 42 confirmed and 39 suspected cases of blastomycosis. That's two more confirmed and two more suspected cases since last week.

The fungus live in the soil, and once it is disturbed, it goes airborne. Health officials have linked the cases to people who were tubing on the river over Memorial Day weekend.

Symptoms, including coughing, muscle aches and chest pains, can appear up to four months after exposure, and they are similar to the flu.

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