Resource Notes: Published September 2012, Merced Sun-Star
Title: A bigger footprint? Valley Fever’s impact might be expanded by climate change
Author: Kellie Schmitt and Rebecca Plevin
The number of Valley Fever cases has soared so high in recent years that health experts are calling it “The Second Epidemic.” In an occasional series that continues today, the Merced Sun-Star and other members of the new Reporting On Health Collaborative will explore the rise of cases, the tricky science of studying the disease, the high costs to patients and taxpayers, the lack of private interest in funding treatments and vaccines, and the long history of inaction by government agencies. Saturday’s report painted the big picture, and revealed that there probably are far more cases than are diagnosed. Today’s report delves into the role climate change may be playing in spreading the fungus’s footprint outside traditional hot spots. Check out the Sun-Star and mercedsunstar.com in coming weeks for more of this important series.