Valley Fever makes 28 Workers Fall Sick

Valley Fever makes 28 Workers Fall Sick

The Los Angeles Times have reported on April 30 that as many as 28 workers have fallen ill because of the Valley Fever at two large scale facilities under construction in San Luis Obispo County.

The disease was a result of breathing in fungal spores. Those spores are released when desert soils are disturbed. The latest findings have revealed a series of disturbing reports on epidemic Valley Fever conditions in California and across the Southwest.

Public health concerns are growing because of numerous large-scale solar projects and wind projects that would scrape bare thousands of acres of high desert terrain.

Residents across San Diego could be at health risk as wind-blown spores can carry 75 miles or more.

Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is a lung infection, which is caused by the fungus Coccidioides. It is found in the soil of arid areas of the Americas.

The disease is prevalent in arid regions of the U. S., including Mexico, Central and South America.

Dr. Gil Chavez, Deputy Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health said, "Research has shown that when soil is dry and it is windy, more spores are likely to become airborne in endemic areas".

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