Last Year Beat The Record For Most Valley Fever Cases. This Year Is Set To Top That.
From January through October, 5,121 cases were reported to the state health department, compared with 3,827 cases during the same period in 2016.
Los Angeles Times:
In California, An Unexplained Increase In Valley Fever This Year
This year is shaping up to be the worst on record in California for people infected with valley fever, a lung infection caused by a fungus found in soil. State health officials announced earlier that 2016 broke the record for the most valley fever cases reported since the state started keeping count in 1995. Now, 2017 is on pace to have even more infections. (Karlamangla, 11/14)
Valley Fever Surging Again In California This Year
Suspected cases of the fungal disease in the first 10 months of 2017 surged by more than one-third from the same period last year to 5,121, officials at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Monday. That puts this year on track to surpass the number of cases recorded in 2016. (Bartolone, 11/15)