Silent Epidemic in Arizona ~ Valley Fever or “cocci”

January 27, 2014~

Found this interesting story during the last week. The title alone would get you interested~ “A Horrific ‘Silent Epidemic’ is spreading in the American Southwest”.

The story reported that most cases occur in Arizona and have increased tenfold between 1998 and 2011, “and in the most severe cases,” Goodyear writes in The New Yorker, there is “no cure.”

I have a friend who will be visiting Arizona and asked what ‘valley fever’ was all about.  The first thing I told them, it is not contagious.

A little-researched and little-known disease called valley fever (or “cocci”), which people can get when they inhale a fungus named Coccidioides immitis, is found in dirt and dust. Two-thirds of cases occur in Arizona, where “in 2012, valley fever was the second-most-reported disease.”

The fungus infects the lungs, but can also spread to the skin, bones, liver, brain, heart, and the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord.

Here is a link to the full story.  I will happily deal with the cold weather with current conditions of – 50 below zero with the wind chill. Stay tuned for additional stories in the next week 🙂 Thanks for stopping!

*UPDATE (Jan. 28, 2014) * and this from CNBC today  >

The silent epidemic known as valley fever


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