How to protect yourself from Valley Fever during high winds, blowing dust

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 21:19:37-04

Kern County Public Health advises residents to protect themselves from Valley Fever during wind advisories. 

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of Kern County for Monday until 11 p.m.

Valley Fever is a fungal infection caused by inhaling spores. The fungus is found in the soil in many parts of Kern County and the Southern Joaquin Valley. When the soil containing the fungus is disturbed, the dust produced may contain the spores, which may be inhaled into the lungs and may result in infection.

Public Health recommends the following, especially during dust storms or windy condtions:

- Stay inside and keep windows and doors closed

- Avoid activities where a large amount of dust is generated

- While driving, keep car windows shut and use "recirculating" air conditioning, if available

- When working or playing in areas with open dirt, wet down soil before disturbing it to reduce dust

- If you must be outdoors, consider wearing an N95 mask or respirator (available at drug and hardware stores)


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