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Ca/AZ Desrt Valley Fever Kills Many

Ca/AZ Desrt Valley Fever Kills Many

icon_post_target.gifby Hoser John » Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:44 am

News > World > Americas California: Prisoners at Avenal and Pleasant Valley prisons demand move as valley fever death toll rises

1 / 1Avenal state prison in northern California’s San Joaquin ValleyCD

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Thousands of inmates at two California prisons may be transferred to other facilities, to avoid the threat of a condition known as valley fever.

On Monday a San Francisco court heard that since 2006, the potentially deadly infection, caused by an airborne fungus, had killed more than 30 prisoners and afflicted hundreds more at the Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons, both in northern California's San Joaquin Valley. Eighteen of the deaths occurred in 2012 and January 2013 alone.

A lawyer representing inmates argued that 3,250 of the 8,100 inmates at the prisons ought to be moved immediately to prevent further deaths. The state, however, wants to transfer just 600 of those at most risk, while experts from the US Centers for Disease Control carry out tests to determine whether the dust that carries the deadly fungus can be reduced. The study is due to conclude by December. The judge is yet to make his ruling.

The fungus originates in the dry soil of the region where the two prisons are located, which has seen a significant rise in cases of valley fever in recent years. Between 1998 and 2011, the annual number of recorded infections in California rose from around 700 to more than 5,500. Only around half of infections produce symptoms, which for the most part resemble flu. In some instances, however, the infection spreads from the lungs to elsewhere in the body, causing blindness, skin abscesses, lung failure and death. Studies suggest that black and Filipino prisoners are more vulnerable to valley fever than others in the state's overcrowded prison system.

When out in the deserts drywashing,detecting or just camping be careful as I've seen a whole club in OC wiped out by this insideous lung disease and it's a ssslllooowwww gruesome death. Wear dust masks to prevent it is the only answer
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Guy I knew who had Valley Fever in lived in the West Valley of Phoenix, but had no outdoor activities associated with what youd think would be getting valley Fever. He didnt go drywashing or work outdoors. The Valley Fever Maps to me dont show a correlation between outdoor desert activities. It just seems to be random.


Just being outside puts you at risk for valley fever. For whatever reason, theres ten times as many cases now than there was 15 years ago. Maybe its Global Warming or Climate Change. Maybe were using too much hand sanitizer now a days. Maybe its because we took lead out of the gasoline.

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When I was 16 (right after the last ice age) I was working construction, doing a butt load of shoveling and contracted Valley Fever ... I was down for 3 months and it was like whooping cough ... Sometimes I really did just want to die, having coughing fits that would last for a couple hours at a time, to the point of coughing up blood and feeling like I had razorblades in my chest ... To this day (50+ years later) I have to tell X-ray technicians about it or they freak out ... It really scars your lungs up bad ... If I had not been an athlete during my first 20 years I'm quite certain I would have not made it this long ... VF be a bitch! ... Cheers, Unc

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