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Updated Jul 17, 2014 - 8:07 am

Monsoon storms can carry threat of valley fever

A Valley Fever spore.

PHOENIX -- The monsoon storms are making life very busy at Valley doctors' offices, but it's what could develop next month that has them concerned.

Most of the patients visiting Scottsdale Healthcare on McKellips Road this week have come in with typical symptoms.

"The sunshine and the little rain for this year, people's allergies keep flaring, said Dr. Clifford Gazda. "And now, as we're getting into monsoon season, we're getting a lot of people with not just allergy symptoms, but deeper cough-like symptoms."

While it may not be as a big an issue today, Gazda is worried for patients who notice a persistent cough, coupled with muscle fatigue and other symptoms in the next four weeks.

"Some people get night sweats as well, particularly in the evening, and the fevers," he explained.

If it won't let up, he suspects it could be coccidiomycosis spores -- or valley fever -- that's taken a firm hold in your lungs.

If left untreated, he warned it could cause far more serious problems.

About the Author

Holliday Moore is a Phoenix native with more than 25 years experience in the local and national broadcast and media industry. A graduate of ASU's journalism program, with a second major in Marketing & Management, she considers herself one of the lucky few to be doing exactly what she loves, writing and producing news.

In 2012, she won a prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for a light feature radio story on snakes. For the record, snakes do not say much! She is also honored to be one of two nominees this year for a Mark Twain Award involving her series on Arizona drowning cases.

Among her career accomplishments, Moore has taken home a television Emmy for Cultural Issues Reporting on the Navajo/Hopi Partition Land Act. She has also won numerous Emmy nominations for hard, soft and even sports reporting. However, Moore considers her highest achievement was on the day she received the prestigious Walter Cronkite Political Excellence Award for developing the Scripps Television stations' Democracy 2000 & 2002 program. Bob Morford, ABC 15's News Director at the time, asked Moore to head the project with one wish, "Try not to lose ratings," he said. "We not only did not lose ratings," says Moore, "We actually improved ratings between the coveted 5:00-6:30pm news block."

"She created, designed and executed the award winning program," recalls Morford, "Her efforts brought a great deal of notice and credit to our station."

Moore loves a challenge and is an adrenaline junky by nature. She ran 400 hurdles in college and more recently half marathons to raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She works part time for KTAR Radio while volunteering for her young son's elementary school and running a freelance media services business.


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