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May 20, 2014
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As always, high winds increase dust in the air and that makes some people wonder if those wind storms are creating more cases of Valley Fever.    Valley Fever is a disease caused when we inhale a fungus that lives in the desert soil. Almost all...
May 16, 2014
If you live in Arizona, you’ve no doubt heard of valley fever, the respiratory illness caused by spores in the dry, dusty desert air. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself, especially if you enjoy being outdoors. For most people, valley fever is an inconvenience, causing flu-like...
May 13, 2014
There are no confirmed cases of valley fever originating from Oregon, but officials expect to find the Coccidioides fungus with a little more digging. A fungus that causes the potentially fatal illness known as valley fever has been found in southeastern Washington state, and health officials...
May 5, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A fungus that can cause a potentially fatal illness called valley fever has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington, officials at Washington State University said Monday. When the fungus, which is normally found in semi-arid soils of the Southwest,...
April 3, 2014
Valley fever, described as a “silent epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control, is the focus of a series of wide-ranging talks at the University of California, Merced. Twelve lectures were held between March and May, 10 of them on the university campus. One was presented remotely by...
March 31, 2014
MERCED — Erin Gaab, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Merced’s Health Sciences Research Institute, is taking the initiative in looking closer at the psycho-social issues faced by families with children who have been diagnosed with valley fever. With the help of 13 undergraduate research...
March 22, 2014
Doctors in the San Joaquin Valley have a new, fast way to help diagnose valley fever using a test developed in a Fresno hospital laboratory. The new DNA test for the fungal disease -- a first in the state -- can provide results in five hours instead of the more than two weeks it now takes for a...
February 21, 2014
This year, you’re likely to hear a lot of predictions about how the drought will impact our health, environment, and food. But one thing you won’t hear is whether the dry conditions will – without a doubt - increase the risk of valley fever in California. Sure, it makes sense....
November 10, 2013
About This Series: This project results from a new venture – the Reporting On Health collaborative – which involves the Bakersfield Californian, the Merced Sun-Star, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, The Stockton Record, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno...
November 10, 2013
FRESNO -- Dr. Erin Gaab, a researcher with the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute, was unaware of valley fever until about a year ago when doctors from Central California Children's Hospital visited her and spoke of how the disease has affected their young patients. Rey Leon,...

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