“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” respiratory specialist Wichaiyut Hospital The post warned of entering the hollow of a large tree to watch.batDangerous risk of infection with Histoplasma capsulatum, which will cause sickness.histoplasmosis (Histoplasmosis)

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

On July 30, 2022, a group of nature study expeditions entered the hollow of the tree, as far as we know, 7 out of 10 people of this group 2-3 weeks after entering the hollow of the tree. Some people started to get sick, coughing, tired, easily tired. X-ray of the lungs 7 people have different size spots spread throughout the lungs. Chasing since humans have the smallest point in the lungs measuring 3 millimeters. (see picture) Reaches a person who looks like a 1 centimeter lump that spreads throughout the lungs. (see picture) People with lung nodules are proven to have histoplasmosis. With a lung biopsy, Histoplasma capsulatum was found to multiply in the lungs.

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

Doctor Manu It was also revealed that this tree was in a completely forested area. Fortunately, it’s not a popular tourist spot. because people in 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. may be infected with bat droppings” (see photo). And who has ever entered the hollow of this tree without wearing a mask? You should go to the doctor for a chest X-ray. and inform the doctor that itself may be infected with fungi that cause histoplasmosis. healthy young people Even though most fungal infections show no symptoms, they can heal on their own without treatment. must be treated with a fungicide.”

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