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Illness increase from dust storm predicted

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Illness increase from dust storm predicted

 

PHOENIX (UPI) -- The huge dust storm in the Phoenix area earlier this month could mean an increase in the
number of people suffering from valley fever, a health expert says

Valley fever can be caused by inhaling airborne fungal spores from desert soil, often disturbed by construction activities or monsoon winds like those that struck the region July 5

Valley fever, or coccidioidomycosis, occurs throughout the desert Southwest
The symptoms can range from mild flulike feelings to more debilitating effects, The Arizona Republic reported Monday
One health expert predicts Maricopa County will have 3,600 more cases, resulting in a total of 5,000 cases for July and August

Dr. John Galgiani has based his estimate on a scientific study of a 1977 windstorm in California's Central Valley that pushed up valley-fever infections in that state's Kern County by 120 cases

There will be more cases in Maricopa County because of its larger population with a significant percentage of transplants who lack resistance to infection, said Galgiani, the director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona

Of the 12,000 cases reported last year in Arizona, 10,000 were in Maricopa County, said Rebecca Sunenshine of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Galgiani's "estimate is as good as can be given," she said, but cautioned it's "impossible to predict how many increased cases we will see"

"What we do expect within a week to a month of the dust storm is we will see an increase of people developing symptoms,"Sunenshine said

 

Science & Technology by ArcaMax




 
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