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'Valley fever' a potential threat in the U.S. Southwest
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:10:05 PM »
Valley fever is multiplying in the U.S. Southwest. The condition involves a fungal spore that carries coccidioidomycosis; once breathed in through contact with soil, it apparently has no cure. When gusts of wind rise up, the spores can be brought through town, infecting new sufferers. Cases have skyrocketed in the last several years.

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Described by the Centers for Disease Control as a silent epidemic, 22,401 new infections were recorded across the US in 2011, mostly in the south-west, up tenfold from 1998.

Although two-thirds of those infected suffer no symptoms, and the illness is not contagious, about 160 people die each year when the fungus spreads beyond the lungs to the brain.


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Re: 'Valley fever' a potential threat in the U.S. Southwest
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 01:25:54 PM »

Yikes!  Poor people who live there.

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Re: 'Valley fever' a potential threat in the U.S. Southwest
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 02:11:46 PM »

Yikes!  Poor people who live there.



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Re: 'Valley fever' a potential threat in the U.S. Southwest
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013, 02:21:17 PM »
Bakersfield, California, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona are not cities in which you would want to live especially with the dry wind/dust storms carrying Valley Fever and all the agricultural-chemical spraying that goes on.

I wonder if the monks at St. Anthony Monastery in Arizona are being affected? Perhaps being out in the sticks helps.
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Re: 'Valley fever' a potential threat in the U.S. Southwest
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013, 02:29:45 PM »
Bakersfield, California, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona are not cities in which you would want to live especially with the dry wind/dust storms carrying Valley Fever and all the agricultural-chemical spraying that goes on.

I wonder if the monks at St. Anthony Monastery in Arizona are being affected? Perhaps being out in the sticks helps.
I personally do not know anyone who has suffered from it, including the monks at St. Anthony's, though I had a dog that acquired it once.
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