“…. All would become pieces of a medical mystery centered on a tropical disease apparently brought to North America by a warming climate. An alien fungus took root on Vancouver Island eight years ago and has since killed eight people and infected at least 163 others, as well as many animals.Similar cases have been found elsewhere in British Columbia and in Washington and Oregon. Health authorities in the two states say the disease is still too rare in their areas to warrant alarm, but they are watching it.
Scientists say the fungus may be thriving because of a string of unusually warm summers here. They say it is a sign of things to come.”