Climate change expected to accelerate spread of sometimes-fatal fungal infection – American Geophysical Union

Researchers project how valley fever will spread through the end of the 21st century. Their simulations show cases of valley fever will travel farther north throughout the western United States, especially in the rain shadow of the Rocky Mountains and throughout the Great Plains. By 2095, much of the western U.S. will be considered endemic, according to the new research.
Credit: Morgan Gorris/UCI.

Valley fever is endemic to hot and dry regions like the southwestern United States and California’s San Joaquin Valley, but a new study predicts climate change will cause the fungal infection’s range to more than double in size this century, reaching previously unaffected areas across the western U.S.

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