Monday, June 17, 2013

Valley Fever

Erica Ritz reports on the dangers (and expenses) of fungus infestation:

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/06/17/the-unexpected-reason-thousands-of-california-inmates-might-be-moved/

More about this disease:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/valley-fever/DS00695

Animals get it, too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccidioidomycosis

The irony is that this fungus is most likely to affect allergy sufferers who hoped for relief in a warm desert climate.

http://www.casa.arizona.edu/~peter/valleyfever/web/page4.html

Fungi that live in damp climates can make humans and pets ill too; Stachybotrys atra, whose odor I grew up believing was the natural odor of cellars (it's familiar to anyone who rides the Metro in Washington), has been blamed for deaths. But moving from place to place is not the answer. Fungi are everywhere. We have to contend with the kind that grow where we are.