Blowing dust and fungal spores are creating a public health problem that could be just a slice of what’s to come with climate change.

Spurring regional expansion of ticks, and mosquitoes, warming temperatures are also rising ocean temperatures that stir up atmospheric turbulence. Put together drought, dust, and a fungus named Coccidioides, and there could be a lot more respiratory disease in areas where dust levels are high or increasing.

Why Be Concerned About Coccidioides?

Coccidioides is a fungus with spores that reside in the soil. The fungi cause a pneumonia-type illness called “valley… more


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