Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
So far this year, there have been 26 confirmed cases of Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) in San Luis Obispo County and 2 deaths. Over the past eight years, the number of confirmed cases has more than doubled.
It is difficult to prevent inhalation of the fungal spores in areas where they live in the soil and dust, but the risk of getting valley fever is low, even in dusty areas. People who are at increased risk include persons with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and people with diabetes. People at risk who visit areas where this fungus is found can minimize the risk of exposure by avoiding areas with lots of dust (construction or excavation sites), staying inside and closing the windows during dust storms, avoiding activities that have close contact with dirt or dust (gardening or digging), and cleaning skin injuries well with soap and water.