Dust storm raises concerns about Valley Fever

Posted at 6:02 PM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 21:02:57-04

Although the dust and dirt from Wednesday’s storm have cleared, there are now concerns now about Valley Fever.

The storm comes just one week after the Department of Public Health revealed Valley Fever diagnosis is on the rise. The fungal infection causes similar symptoms to a common cold and it typically takes several weeks for symptoms to occur. The symptoms include fever, cough, chest pain, muscle or joint aches, tiredness, headaches, weight loss and rash.

On windy days, health officials recommend driving with your windows up, turning on the circulation in your car and use a face mask anytime dirt is kicked up into the air.

If you have any of these symptoms see a doctor and have them check you for the infection.