Histoplasmosis in Cats

Histoplasmosis in cats is a non-contagious fugal infection that can cause a lot of damage to your pet. If this infection disseminates in your cat, the damages may be so severe that they may never recover. When an infection in your cat disseminates, it means that it has spread over a large part of their body and has affected several tissues and organs. Treatments for this fungi infection are very expensive and not very effective placing severely infected cats at very poor odds of recovering. Fungi infections are always dangerous, but this one is especially damaging and potentially fatal for your cat. This infection is caused by a fungi known as Histoplasma capsulatum and is carried by dust particles and its primary focus on your cat will be the lungs. This fungus is a dimorphic pathogen that also causes disease in humans and if referred as histoplasmosis. It is also known as Darlings disease, Ohio Valley disease, and Maria fever. It is found primarily in the Midwestern and Southern United States that are heavily saturated with river valleys and plain areas where this mold can grow. It is especially dangerous around bird habitats, as the bird droppings help this organism