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First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

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First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

We will be spending the month of February in Tucson. Am getting a little concerned about Valley Fever. Some one we know from our area here in New York went on vacation to Tucson and contracted Valley Fever which turned into a very serious illness for him. After reading about this we are now quite concerned as we are now in our 60's and don't want to go there only to get ill with this respiratory problem. Can anyone give us any insight into this condition? Should we be concerned about this? Thanks for any info you can give us.

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11. Re: First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

As Greg mentioned, avoid being outside during very windy days and also avoid areas where construction and excavation is taking place. Obviously there is some risk, but there are risks anywhere you travel. Unless you're one of the people at higher risk due to some underlying medical condition, I can't imagine that it is something that should case you to cancel your trip.

Here's an article from the CDC that you might find useful:

www.cdc.gov/Features/ValleyFever/index.html

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12. Re: First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

Valley fever is a very serious illness. Spores rise up in the desert when it rains, then the sun dries them out and they fall on the desert floor. Strong winds pick up the dried spores and blow them across the area. Some of these spores contain a fungus which can get into your lungs and cause the disease. Best advice is to avoid too much exposure to the strong winds that blow over Tucson from time-to-time, or if you are being very cautious, wear a face face mask. Any doctor can tell you that valley fever can be very hard to diagnose....so I'm told.

Anyway, your chances of being run over in the parking lot of any local shopping center are probably greater than contracting valley fever.

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13. Re: First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

Lin15434,

It's true that this happens occasionally, however, it's very rare. It will be less likely if you have a strong immune system.

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14. Re: First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

The only valley fever you're going to get is when you have to go home.

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15. Re: First timers to Tucson for the month of February 2014

Much of the Valley Fever contraction comes from freshly excavated desert soil - this is for both humans and pets. The Spring - Summer - Fall months are more likely to spread the spores, due to dust storms (Haboobs), associated with those months, picking up dust from the desert.

In the Winter, unless you are digging in the desert, the chances will be greatly reduced. However, there could be dust storms in February, but that would be atypical.

Good luck, and in February, that would not likely be my concern.

Travel safely, and enjoy!

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