endemic fungal infection. Cocci. it live dormit in soil spread when the earth is desdirbed. found mostly in Arizona and California
A Disease Without a Cure Spreads Quietly in the West - NYTimes.com, Valley Fever or Coccidioidomycosis, (known as “cocci”) is an insidious airborne #fungal disease in which microscopic spores in the soil take flight on the wind or mild breeze to lodge in the moist habitat of the lungs & can spread to the bones, skin, eyes or even the brain. The infection, labelled “a silent epidemic,” with more than 20,000 reported cases annually throughout the #Southwest, esp in #California & #Arizona.
By many measures, valley fever should be a disease that prompts an aggressive public health response. For nearly two decades, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show coccidioidomycosis doing more and more harm every year, with the rate of infection rising faster than most diseases reported to the CDC.