Valley Fever Surging in Our Drying Climate


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 26 September 2018

HEALTH & FITNESS: Crossing the Valley!

Valley Fever Surging in Our Drying Climate

With climate change, Valley fever spreads in California—and this year could be the worst yet,
CalMatters, September 25, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Rising Numbers
“...reported Valley fever cases set a record in California in 2016, with more than 6,000 infections. That number jumped to 8,103 in 2017, an increase of more than a third—growth many experts link to climate change. This year could be the worst yet.”

Record Year
“...through August this year more than 5,000 cases were reported in California, putting the state on pace for a new record.”

Growing Infections
“We’re seeing double and triple the cases. It’s a catastrophic change, and it’s getting worse.”

X-Factors
“...about 150,000 undiagnosed cases a year.”

Silent Killer
“The most dangerous manifestation is meningitis...and by the time they go to the hospital it’s too late, and I think a lot of people die from it without ever being diagnosed.”

Spreading Infections
“A growing number of dust storms in California have spread the fungal spores far beyond the Central Valley, where the infections traditionally have been concentrated.”

"...It has spread north to Sacramento and west all the way to the coast."

“(In places) like Monterey, Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo counties, where we don’t expect to find it, it’s becoming much more common.”

Climate Change
Stop Hitting Yourselves…
"...a direct correlation between these dust storms and Valley fever, and we know climate change is increasing the extreme weather patterns here, including the dust storms.”

 

 

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