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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Category: Media Coverage
Corey Schubert winces a bit as he describes how he felt while suffering from valley fever.
“It’s the worst thing, ever,” the Gilbert resident said. “It is really nasty stuff.”
Valley fever is caused by the fungus coccidioides, which grows in soils in areas with low rainfall, high summer temperatures and moderate winter temperatures.
That’s a relatively small area in the United States – Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties; the San Joaquin and Central valleys of California; southern Nevada; southern New Mexico; west Texas; southern Utah; and southeastern Washington. It also occurs in northern Mexico and parts of both Central and South America.
In Arizona, every person in one of the affected counties has a 3 percent chance every year of being exposed to valley fever.