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7/6/2013 by mdc
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/05/health/a-disease-without-a-cure-spreads-qui...
Coccidioidomycosis, known as cocci, is an insidious airborne fungal disease in which microscopic spores in the soil take flight on the wind or even a mild breeze to lodge in the moist habitat of the lungs and, in the most extreme instances, spread to the bones, the skin, the eyes or in the brain. The infection, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled a silent epidemic, is striking more people each year, with more than 20,000 reported cases annually throughout the U. S. Southwest, especially in California and Arizona. Although most people exposed to the fungus do not fall ill, about 160 die from it each year, with thousands more facing years of disability and surgery.


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