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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 18, 2014

Valley Fever Affects TV Crew

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JAMA. 2014;311(23):2373. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6260

Several actors and crew members filming a television series contracted coccidioidomycosis after working in dry, dusty conditions at an outdoor site in California, investigators reported.

Coccidioidomycosis results from inhaling spores of Coccidioides fungi in soil that may become airborne at construction sites or other places where earth is moved. The illness usually is associated with the mining, quarrying, oil and gas extraction, agriculture, and forestry industries. The television industry previously hadn’t been considered at risk for coccidioidomycosis.