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March 28, 2013
The number of people getting Valley Fever is "skyrocketing," which, unfortunately for everyone, is not a reference to the readership of the New Times news blog. The Arizona Department of Health Services passed along the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention news...
February 10, 2013
By THE REPORTING ON HEALTH COLLABORATIVE: On Sunday, two people from Bakersfield shared their battle with valley fever, including a woman who lost 45 pounds and went blind and a man who, 21 years after diagnosis, still only has half his normal lung capacity. Today, two more recount their...
February 8, 2013
Last year Ike Davis was reported to have valley fever, a fungal infection that sapped his strength and led to him having a horrific start to the season. Of course he downplayed it all. His quote from last March: “It’s been the same,” said Davis. “Seriously. I feel great....
January 22, 2013
About four weeks ago, I noticed Angel was coughing just a little, usually after he drank or ate.   For a week, he seemed fine. Then I noticed he was a bit lethargic. Now that’s saying something for a greyhound, since he sleeps most of the day away anyway. Then I noticed he had lost...
January 3, 2013
Valley fever among Arizonans continues to run high, according to the state Department of Health Services. There were more than 12,000 confirmed cases of Valley Fever in 2012. In the most recent year-to-date report available, that’s far above the five-year median for January through November...
December 8, 2012
BY YESENIA AMARO AND TRACY WOOD Reporting on Health Collaborative: Thousands of California and Arizona adults and children annually contract valley fever and find themselves battling the disease for months or years — missing work and school, spending weeks in the hospital — with...
September 20, 2012
With valley fever cases soaring in the southwest, people’s lives and finances are being upended. Misdiagnosis of the disease adds to the costs for doctor’s visits, hospitalizations and long-term treatment with drugs. At more than $100,000 for a typical hospital stay, valley fever, on...
September 10, 2012
Valley fever starts with the simple act of breathing. Fungal spores, lifted from the dry dirt by the wind, pass through your nostrils or down your throat, so tiny they don’t even trigger a cough. They lodge in your lungs. If you’re fortunate – and most people are – they go...
September 7, 2012
PHOENIX -- Among the unique aspects of life in the Valley of the Sun is the likelihood of contracting a disease you won't find almost anywhere else. Eighty percent of Arizona's reported cases of Valley Fever occur in Maricopa County, according to Dr. John Galgiani at the newly opened Valley...
June 15, 2012
Reported cases of valley fever by Tracy residents have risen more than 500 percent during the past three years, according to public health officials. The highest level of the fungus in San Joaquin County can be predominately found around Tracy, said Dr. Karen Furst, health officer for the San...

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