Deadly fungus on the west coast.

No, not in the walls of your condo – in the air on the West Coast. Apparently global warming has turned the west coast into a breeding ground for a deadly fungus whose spores have caused the death of 8 people. From the globe and mail article:

Dr. Kibsey said some health officials have been “reluctant” to publicize the potential risks for fear of hurting tourism on the island, which receives more than seven million visitors a year.

In the summer of 2002, for example, those investigating the outbreak had put up a number of signs warning of the potential risk of fungal disease in the popular Parksville area of the island’s east coast. But they didn’t last past the season. The signs, Dr. Kibsey recalled, had prompted a “huge number of campers to cancel their reservations en masse.

“They were taken down because the chamber of commerce put pressure on the medical health officer to remove them.”

I don’t think the chamber of commerce should worry so much. Clearly the mold problems in condos hasn’t caused demand to go down for them so why would it negatively affect tourism?

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chip
chip
13 years ago

Not surprising to see the Globe headlines the piece: "Climate Change"But if you look through the research, this is not referenced at all. In fact, the presence of the fungus here is linked to human activity: the passage of trucks from the US or wood byproducts such as chips used on park paths.

betamax
betamax
13 years ago

“They were taken down because the chamber of commerce put pressure on the medical health officer to remove them.”It's just like 'Jaws' all over again!Arguably worse, because I don't think that shark killed as many as 8 people. Just kidding, and I assume frenchie is too. You probably have more chance of being killed by a Postal worker on a rampage.

frenchie
frenchie
13 years ago

first the earthquake threat now the deadly fungus, I am thinking twice about moving to Vancouver. I feel sorry for the people living on Vancouver island they are going to be toast twice!