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August 8, 2014
Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, California, when he saw the dust storm materializing in front of him. Visibility was low, but he wanted to get through it as quickly as he could, so he held his breath and...
August 8, 2014
By Madeleine Thomas, The Atlantic Barragan’s extensive exposure to the soil as a farmworker puts him at a higher risk of developing valley fever, but Ramos says they had never heard of the disease before. “If we knew more about it, he probably would have been more careful,”...
August 2, 2014
David Leon is always glad when a nurse changes his intravenous bag to amphtericin-B, a powerful antifungal medication. "It's yellow. I call it lemonade," he said during a visit Friday to a Bakersfield pulmonologist. The arrival of the yellow bag, which has been preceded by...
August 2, 2014
Don Hopkins, a former Davis police officer and professional ballroom dancer, is having some trouble staying on his feet. Hopkins, 67, is still physically drained from an early May trip to Mercy Hospital at Folsom, where doctors pumped him with pneumonia antibiotics for more than a week before...
July 28, 2014
When Jeremy Romo was packed off to prison in 2012 for illegal possession of a firearm, he says he was as healthy as anyone, a construction worker who ran three miles each weekday and five miles on weekends. By the time he was released in July 2013, the 34-year-old Manteca man says he had become a...
July 27, 2014
A massive dust storm, or in Arabic “haboob”, some 3,000 feet tall and 30 miles wide hit Phoenix, Arizona Friday forcing a ground stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and leaving 12,000 people without power.  Now health officials will be on the look out for the...
July 25, 2014
Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to Valley fever before incarcerating them at two central San Joaquin Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press. A federal...
July 23, 2014
The rapid rise in valley fever cases in the arid southwest has become a serious health concern, as human habitation has pushed further into desert areas where the soil spores are widespread. Currently, Valley Fever affects an estimated 150,000 people a year, with most cases occurring in Arizona,...
July 22, 2014
On July 5, 2011, a massive wall of dust blanketed Phoenix, creating an awesome spectacle – or stubborn nuisance, depending on your perspective. Dust storms are a common occurrence in the arid desert environments of the American Southwest. But windborne dust can be a serious health risk,...
July 22, 2014
Graduate student Krupa Navalkar discusses her research that aims to advance valley fever detection. Navalkar says valley fever can hard to diagnose because its symptoms can be hard to distinguish from pneumonia or influenza. "Part of the reason I was extremely interested in working on...

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