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August 3, 2007
"Hindsight is 20/20." Millions of people understand the reality of that saying as they learn they've lived with valley fever for weeks, months or even years before proper diagnosis. More are learning to live with it every day, because valley fever is at epidemic levels across the...
January 7, 2002
Q. What's the best treatment for valley fever? A. Valley fever is an infection - usually of the lungs - caused by a fungus, Coccidioides immitis, found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It was discovered in the San Joaquin Valley of California and is also...
February 11, 1996
They will probably never make the bestseller list, nor star in films featuring Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Willis or monkeys. Nonetheless, fungi -- the kingdom of organisms that includes molds and yeast -- have been quietly positioning themselves as the newest threat to human health, and epidemiologists...
February 6, 1996
How can you tell if a fungus is having sex? Until now, the answer to this rather arcane scientific riddle has been: not very easily. Now a team of researchers, borrowing techniques from diverse fields to study the fungus that each year gives thousands of people valley fever, say they have found...
February 24, 1994
To the woes of the victims of the Northridge earthquake, add pestilence. In the month since the Jan. 17 quake shook the San Fernando Valley and much of the rest of the Los Angeles area, at least three dozen people in this part of California have become ill from what doctors say is an unusual...
November 27, 1981
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In December 1977, a sudden wind erupted in the parched San Joaquin Valley of central California and, in one of the rare fireworks of nature that families speak about for generations, it whipped up clouds of dust that rolled like enormous opaque waves for hundreds of...
October 2, 1979
A freak windstorm over the southern end of California's San Joaquin Valley two years ago has been implicated in an unusual sharp increase in cases of the fungus disease coccidiodomycosis last year as far as 400 miles farther north. New cases appeared in areas where the illness has been...
November 11, 1970
BERKELEY, Calif., Nov. 10 When a group of 103 archeology students from Queens College in New York dug in Indian mounds in Northern California last summer, they expected to come up only with relics and a better understanding of the Maidu civilization of the 15th century. Read more on the New York...
August 19, 1955
L.A. writes that her 2 1/2-year-old grandson has a disease known as San Joaquin fever or valley fever and says that a few of her friends know much about it. This disease, medically known by the tongue-twisting name of coccidioidomycosis, is not yet (with emphasis on the 'yet')...

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