Escanaba, Michigan paper mill employee dies

DETROIT – A contracted employee to a paper mill in Michigan has died from blastomycosis, the fungal infection whose rare outbreak has affected nearly 100 employees at the mill, local health officials said.

The contracted employee to the Billerud mill in Escanaba, whose name was not released, died “recently,” Public Health Delta and Menominee County officials said in a release.

“Everyone at Billerud is deeply saddened by this news,” Brian Peterson, operations vice president for the Billerud Escanaba Paper Mill, said in a release. “Anyone who works at our facility is a part of our team, and we are keeping these individuals, their families, coworkers and friends in our thoughts and close to our hearts.”