Warm weather ideal for disease

Warm weather creates conditions for fungi to flourish. This colorful mushroom is helping to break down wood, creating humus, but don't eat it. (Voltaire Moise/Courtesy Photo)

Be alert. We have fungus among us as well as bacteria, virus and other disease causing organisms associated with the hot summer weather. We think of these primitive life forms as being on the bottom of the food chain, but they are really on the top since some feed on higher life forms at every level.