Sonora Quest, UA. Arizona join for valley fever warning system

Sunday, November 27, 2016   |   Category: Media Coverage

Sonora Quest Laboratories, the state and the University of Arizona are partnering to create a system that will warn the public when valley fever, a potentially deadly disease, is active.

The fungal infection killed at least 50 Arizonans last year and made thousands more ill. The ages of those affected in Arizona last year ranged from 9 months to 102 years old, with a median age of 55.

People and animals become infected with valley fever (also known as coccidioidomycosis) after inhaling airborne fungal spores that are found naturally in Arizona soil. The respiratory disease is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from animals to humans.

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