Interesting article in the New Yorker via Balloon Juice,
Special for our Southwestern/Californian correspondents. Dana Goodyear in the New Yorker on “The Menace of Valley Fever“:
… Every year, there are some hundred and fifty thousand cases. Only forty per cent of people infected are symptomatic, and the signs—fever, cough, exhaustion—can be hard to distinguish from the flu.
From The New Yorker,
Cocci is endemic to the desert Southwest—California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas—and to the semi-arid parts of Central and South America. Digging—building, drilling, tilling, clearing—stirs it up, and dry, hot, windy conditions, a regional feature intensified by climate change, disperse it.