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The proportion of U.S. and Canadian cases ending in death may sound alarmingly high, but it's likely others have been infected but weren't diagnosed because they didn't develop serious illness, Harris said.
Also, most of those who got sick had another condition that likely made them more susceptible to the fungal illness.
People are not the only victims. More than 50 cases in animals have been reported in the United States, including cats, dogs, ferrets, elk and porpoises.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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