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Study Sheds Light on How Valley Fever Spreads

Researchers examining how Valley fever spread to the State of Washington hope to learn how it spreads in here, believing dust storms are not to blame. Often the disease itself is underdiagnosed. John Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona and associate clinical professor of Internal Medicine with the College of Medicine – Phoenix, found in a study that even with education, a significant majority of cases weren't being tested. "I would say, a rough approximation is that probably four out of five cases are not being diagnosed, at least initially," Dr. Galgiani said.

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