Increase does not seem to correlate with Thomas Fire, Montecito Murgängen, according to the Public Health Investigation
An increasing number of valley fever cases in Santa Barbara County does not seem to be associated with the Thomas Fire or Montecito rubble , according to the health department of Santa Barbara County.
But the reason for the rise, especially in North County, remains a mystery, and may be associated with heavy rains following the drought, as similar migrations were seen throughout the state.
"We do not really know the cause of the increase, but the increase is an increase in California, which leads us to believe that this is not related to the disasters we've had lately," Susan Klein said. Rothschild, deputy director of the health department
District health officials reviewed data from 56 patients, none of whom were firefighters. One worked on the Thomas Fire as Ersthelfer.
Most patients live in North County, of whom 47 or 85 percent of the cases were seen in the 27-month period reviewed. The central portion of the county recorded five falls, or 9 percent, with only four falls, or 7 percent, living on the south coast.
Two of the falls in the South Coast involve residents who have traveled to areas where the valley fever occurs frequently.
An increase in the disease seems to have risen since nationwide increases in 201
In California, from January to April of this year, the state recorded 2,948 cases, compared to 1,105 in 2017 and 897 a year earlier, following a series of suspicious, probable and confirmed cases.
"With an increase in reported cases of valley fever, it is important for people living, working and traveling in California to be particularly aware of their symptoms in the south" The San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast, where it occurs most frequently "Last fall, Dr. Karen Smith, head of the California Department of Health, said," In these areas, symptoms like cough, fever, or respiratory problems lasting two weeks or more should ask their healthcare provider about Valley Fever.
For Santa Barbara County, in the first four months of 2018, 47 cases were compared to eight and six at the same time in two previous years, the state website said.
In San Luis Obispo County, 132 cases for the first four months of the year were more than the 33 and 25 in 2017 and 2016.
Ventura County saw 107 to 30 April, compared with 24 and 5 in previous years.
The highest county in the country for valley fever was core with 1,009 cases, compared with 264 and 253.
Valley fever, also called coccidioidomycosis or "cocci", is known to exist through inhalation spores of a fungus known in soil in the southwestern United States, particularly in California and Arizona.
People breathe in spores that are present in the dust and are released into the air in the wind or in the air, for example in the dirt movement associated with construction.
Most infected people pe No signs of illness. Those who become ill may have symptoms similar to other illnesses, including flu or pneumonia, so valerian fever is not always recognized.
In rare cases, people may develop a more severe condition, such as an infection of the brain, joints, bones, skin or other organs.
In February, the district's Public Health Department became aware of concerns within local health care that pointed to a possible association between the rise in sebum cases and the mudslides of Thomas Fire and Jan. 9
January 2016 to March 2018 the cases of valley fever reported in the county and in the federal state
"This really is a core function of public health care," said Klein-Rothschild. "That's what we do. People go to their individual doctors for treatment."
Healthcare workers look at the trends in disease and what could lead to increases, she added.
"Our ultimate goal is disease prevention prevention."