“Doctor Manoon” warns tourists to enter the hollow of a large tree, risking a fungal infection from bat droppings.

On October 4, 2022, Dr Manoon Leechawengwong or “Doctor Manu” Wichaiyut Hospital respiratory specialist warned the post against entering the hollow of a large tree to watch.batDangerous risk of infection with Histoplasma capsulatum, which will cause illness.histoplasmosis (Histoplasmosis)

by “Doctor Manu” he said no one expected that Walk into the hollow the big trees in the forest to seebatIn just 2-15 minutes, airborne spores of Histoplasma capsulatum from bat droppings that have fallen on the ground are breathed into the lungs, causing them to become ill.histoplasmosis (Histoplasmosis)

On July 30, 2022, a group of nature study expeditions entered the tree hollow, as far as we know, 7 out of 10 people from this group 2-3 weeks after entering the tree hollow. Some people started to get sick, cough, tired, tired easily X-ray of the lungs 7 people have spots of different sizes scattered across the lungs. Cut to the chase as humans have the smallest point in the lungs measuring 3 millimeters. (see picture) A person gets what looks like a 1 centimeter lump that spreads through the lungs. (see picture) People with lung nodules are proven to have histoplasmosis. With a lung biopsy, Histoplasma capsulatum was found to be multiplying in the lungs.

This hollow tree, Thai name “Chang Muang”, is a Yang family tree, over 100 years old, over 40 meters high. The head must be bent to enter the hollow. There is room in the hole for 6-7 people to enter it. The height of the hole is 3 meters (see picture). “Little vampire bat” A smaller false vampire bat (see picture) Where bats are up to 5 meters from the ground, this bat lives in caves and tree hollows.

Doctor Manu It was also revealed that this tree was in a completely forested area. Fortunately, it is not a popular tourist spot. because the people of the area have to walk in In the area of ​​Khlong Wang Heep, Nan Tak Pha, Na Luang Sen Subdistrict, Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province

“I have suggested putting a warning sign in front of the hollow of this tree. it may be infected with bat droppings” (see picture) And who has ever entered this tree hollow without wearing a mask? You should go to the doctor for a chest X-ray. and inform the doctor that he himself may be infected with fungi that cause histoplasmosis. healthy young people Although most fungal infections show no symptoms, they can get better on their own without treatment. it must be treated with a fungicide.”

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