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Southwest Human Fungal Infections Spike over the Past Decade
The IAQ Video Network has released an educational video about Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever.
According to the CDC, in 1998 there were 2,265 cases of valley fever in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Those numbers spiked to over 22,000 cases in 2011. In Arizona alone, the numbers represent a 16% increase each of those years. One possible reason for the increased rates could be the fact that a laboratory in Arizona that test for valley fever did switch to a more sensitive method some time ago.
“As someone who came down with this fungal infection of the lungs several years ago, I can tell you that it is an infection that people who live and visit the Southwest need to be aware of,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network and the public outreach video. “People get infected with Coccidioides by inhaling fungal spores that become airborne after the disturbance of contaminated soil by humans or natural events such as dust storms. We hope this short video helps to shed some light on this important issue.”
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About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the driving force behind the IAQ Video Network.