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  Re: Harmful Fungus in Sphagnum Moss?
From: Aroideae at aol.com on 2001.06.21 at 20:11:10(6804)
hi don,

yes, there is definitely a fungus associated with sphagnum moss that can
enter the body through wounds or cuts on the hands and under fingernails. it
can also be inhaled and affect the respiratory system. orchid grower are
very familiar with it. it has a name, but i can't remember it. you might
search the american orchid society website and, since you're in miami,
contact some department of tropical diseases down there. a friend of mine
here in tampa was treated for it by the tropical diseases people at
university of south florida. it's apparently a nasty one, this fungus. when
i was growing orchids, i was repeatedly advised to wear gloves and a mask.

hope this helps,

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