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Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly


Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly

Coccidioides is the fungus that lives in loamy soils throughout California.  When this soil is disturbed by wind, agricultural and construction work, large equipment or digging, the fungus is released into the air, and when inhaled, causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever symptoms include fever, cough, headaches and chills.  Because these symptoms resemble illnesses such as the common cold and flu, it is often...

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Valley Fever is not just a summer thing


Valley Fever is not just a summer thing

Valley Fever used to be more common in hot, dry summer months in Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Merced, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Monterey and Madera counties.  Now, due to drought conditions that keep the soil warm and dry, Valley Fever occurs year-round.

 

There are some things that can be done all year to keep employees safe.

-        Limit exposure to outdoor dust.

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Valley Fever cases in California are on the rise

                                                

Valley Fever cases in California are on the rise

 

Over the last three years Valley Fever has been increasing in California.  In 2017 there was an all-time high of 8,203 Valley Fever cases...

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Tap Series’ Valley Fever Training: What is covered and how to include training with employee onboarding

                                            

Tap Series’ Valley Fever Training: What is covered and how to include training with employee onboarding

 

The TAPS’s Valley Fever course educates workers on the symptoms and definition of Valley Fever. ...

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VALLEY FEVER LURKS BENEATH THE SOIL SURFACE JUST WAITING TO BE DISTURBED


Valley Fever lurks beneath the soil surface just waiting to be disturbed

Wind, dust storms, moving equipment, road repairs, digging, trenching and other similar operations cause the soil to move and release the Coccidioides fungus into the air.  This fungus can pose a serious health risk to anyone that breaths it in, resulting in Valley Fever.   While most common in California’s Central Valley, it presents in other parts of the state as well.

 

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