PBS: Hot, Dry Winds Help Spread Deadly Valley Fever Infections

I am posting this because one of  my friends' parents has become ill because of  coccidioidomycosis, which is also known as “cocci” or “valley fever”,  and I wish to raise awareness of this fungal infection. Most fungi are harmless, but some types can make you sick. Coccidioidomycosis, also called valley fever, is an illness caused by a fungus that is common in the south western part of the United States.

In the Mojave Desert, extreme heat and wind made worse by more intense weather conditions in recent years has helped the spread of a resilient fungus that causes a deadly infection known as Valley Fever. Ray Suarez reports on the role of dust in the dramatic rise of Valley Fever in the clip above.