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Arizona leads nation in Valley fever infections—a “disease of color”

Evidence points to Valley fever as a growing problem in Arizona, yet little is known about who is most impacted by a pathogen that now sickens more people here than in any other state. Research shows the most serious form of the illness disproportionately impacts people of color, and likely those who work outdoors, but insufficient data collection and a dearth of state and federal funding further shield the public from fully understanding the dangers the disease poses.