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1. Histoplasmosis
A lung infection caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Spore s of the fungus are found in bird and bat droppings and usually cause the disease by being inhaled. The disease can be mild, as in primary pulmonary histoplasmosis which is a type of pneumonia and resembles a cold or flu, or severe, as in progressive histoplasmosis where infection spreads from the lungs to other parts of the body, notably the liver and spleen , and causes skin lesion s (most often as a mouth ulcer). The severe forms of the disease most commonly occur in people with immune system disorders such as AIDS , and are often fatal.