An unexpected fungal infection epidemic forced the closure of a paper factory in northern Michigan for three weeks.
Following a thorough cleaning suggested by public health officials and specialists, the Billerud Paper Mill in Escanaba reopened on Monday, the firm stated.
The mill claimed that no spores connected to the blastomycosis disease had been discovered.
“We continue to work closely with and follow the recommendations of local, state, and federal health experts as they continue to investigate this dynamic situation,” Billerud said.
According to the Delta County public health agency, which made a number of uncommon pneumonia cases public in March, the infection is tied to a fungus that thrives in moist soil, decaying wood, and leaves.
The department reported last week that there have been 115 occurrences of blastomycosis to date, resulting in the hospitalisation of 14 people who are either employees, contractors, or mill visitors. There was one fatality.
Nobody can contract blastomycosis from another person. Cough, fever, shortness of breath, joint discomfort, and weight loss are typical symptoms. The incubation period might last anywhere between 21 and 90 days.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan mill, which has over 800 workers, makes paper for periodicals, catalogues, books, and other things. Based in Sweden is Billerud.