Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
conor_jackson_ap.jpg
Former Arizona Diamondback Conor Jackson contracted Valley fever in 2009. (AP Photo)

PHOENIX -- The recent cold front and blustery days could push the infection rate for Valley fever as high as 1 in 30 Phoenix residents, a Valley doctor said.

In 2011, the Centers for Disease Control said Arizona saw a record 16,000 diagnosed Valley fever cases. But Dr. John Galgiani, medical director of the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center at St. Joseph's Hospital, believes the number of people infected was much higher.

"It's part of the territory here. Anywhere you live has risks," he said.

Despite the prevalence of Valley fever, few of those infected may display symptoms. Two out of three people infected do not get sick.

"The common symptoms in most cases are pneumonia, chest pain, cough, fever and fatigue."

Galgiani said the only way to build immunity to Valley Fever is being infected.

"It's not repetitive exposure. If you do get infected, you may or may not get sick. Most people get over the illness and from that point on you're probably immune from a second infection for life."

Galgiani said it can take weeks or months to make a full recovery from the fungal infection.

Jim Cross, Reporter

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company

    SCF Arizona has a new name. They are now CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company.
  • Taylor Morrison

    World Class People. World Class Company. We are a national home builder committed to building homes inspired by you.
  • Go Daddy

    World Class People. World Class Company. Go Daddy is a Fortune 100 "Best Companies to Work For."
  • Avnet

    World Class People. World Class Company. Here's information on a Fortune 500 company from Arizona.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Working For Arizona

    The business and economics of Arizona at the start of 2014 and looking forward.
  • Arizonans In Need

    Putting a focus on charities and organizations who provide help and/or need your help to fulfill their missions.
close

Share: