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Dust Bowl-ification of U.S. Southwest leads to 8-fold jump in Valley Fever cases

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New research directly links the rise in Valley Fever to the rise in dust storms, which in turn is driven by climate change. Valley Fever, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “a fungal lung infection that can be devastating,” is caused by inhaling soil-dwelling fungus. When the soil dries out and turns to dust, the wind can make the fungus airborne.“Dust storms are found to better correlated with the disease than any other known controlling factor,“ a new study led by NOAA scientists concluded.

Source: Dust Bowl-ification of U.S. Southwest leads to 8-fold jump in Valley Fever cases

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