Oct 1 2018 38376 1

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                                                                                           Valley Fever is Spreading in California

The number of Valley Fever cases set a record in California in 2016 with more than 6,000 infections and jumped to 8,103 in 2017 and this year could be higher.

Valley fever season surfaces from September through November.  Valley Fever is an airborne disease spread by wind and is caused by a fungus that infects the lungs after spores are inhaled. It is not contracted person to person.  Symptoms are a persistent cough and chest pain or other flu-like symptoms that can require months of treatment.  A new state budget includes 8 million dollars for research and education.  In California, especially in Central part of the State, dust storms spread the fungal spores.  When we get the Santa Ana winds, it would be a good time to stay indoors or wear a dust mask.  Even doing yard work and vacuuming can cause potential respiratory problems. Infections have been reported in 53 of the 58 counties in California.  Besides these fungal spores, other particles such as pollen, bacteria and mold can be inhaled all leading to respiratory problems.

The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate there are about 150,000 undiagnosed cased a year.  The most dangerous manifestation is meningitis.  Educating both patients and physicians to better recognize infection could make a huge difference.

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