Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard

Potentially deadly valley fever is hitting California farmworkers hard, worrying researchers

Getting an accurate count of the number of people affected by valley fever is a challenge because the majority of those who are infected never know they have it.
By Twilight Greenaway, Civil Eats       June 17, 2019

This story was produced in partnership with Civil Eats, a nonprofit news organization focused on the American food system.

Illustration of a farm worker wearing a mask and sweating in the heat of a dusty, California farm.

The fungus that causes valley fever thrives in dry, undisturbed soil. Years of climate change-fueled drought has led to a swift rise in the number of people diagnosed with it. Anuj Shrestha / for NBC News

Author: John Hanno

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Bogan High School. Worked in Alaska after the earthquake. Joined U.S. Army at 17. Sergeant, B Battery, 3rd Battalion, 84th Artillery, 7th Army. Member of 12 different unions, including 4 different locals of the I.B.E.W. Worked for fortune 50, 100 and 200 companies as an industrial electrician, electrical/electronic technician.

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