Sunday, February 18, 2018 | Category: Media Coverage
Pueblo High School teens studying biotech were having difficulty getting their peers in art class to care about valley fever — until they mentioned that dogs get the disease.
“To get people to be interested, you need to connect to their interests,” said Noemi Sumalinog, a 17-year-old Pueblo senior and student in Andrew Lettes’ advanced biotech class.
“Everyone cares about dogs.”
Indeed, the art students did care about dogs. And they were surprised to find out that valley fever is potentially fatal, has no prevention and no cure, and that it’s one of the most common diseases reported to the Arizona Department of Health Services every year.