Ten-fold increase in valley fever

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Sat January 18, 2014

Ten-fold increase in valley fever

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The New Yorker describes the massive increase in valley fever and its insidious danger in the Southwest.
Every year, there are some hundred and fifty cases of coccidioidomycosis, otherwise known as valley fever, or cocci, a disease caused by inhaling the microscopic spores of Coccidioides immitis, a soil-dwelling fungus found in Bakersfield, California. Cocci is endemic to the desert Southwest and to the semi-arid parts of Central and South America.