valley fever

The Thomas Fire and flood are responsible for everything from dozens of deaths, to what are estimtaed to be billions in financial losses.

But, could the twin disasters have also fueled a spike in the number of cases of an unusual type of illness in the region?  Ventura and Santa Barbara County public health officials have been keeping a close eye on Valley Fever statistics, to see if the disasters were a factor in the hike.

Some residents are concerned about Valley Fever in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and flooding. But the good news from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is that the risk of infection is low.

Valley Fever is caused by a fungus that exists in two forms.  It grows as a mold inches beneath desert soil, and it also exists as a spore in the air.