Valley fever is caused by Coccidioides, a fungus that lives in soil in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. Inhaling the airborne fungal spores can cause an infection called Coccidioidomycosis, which is also known as “Cocci” or “Valley Fever.” Most people who are exposed to the fungus do not get sick, but some people develop flu-like symptoms that may last for weeks to months. In a very small proportion of people who get valley fever, the infection can spread from the lungs to the rest of the body and cause more severe conditions, such as Meningitis or even death. Valley Fever cannot spread from person to person.
E Light Electric Services requires all of its employees to complete a training course on Valley Fever Awareness once per year because we do work in areas where Valley Fever is known to exist.
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1. Valley fever is the slang name for which fungus infection?
2. A person is most often exposed to valley fever by
3. True or False. Nearly a third of patients with Valley Fever receive care in the hospital.
4. Which of the following is not a symptom of Valley Fever?
5. Approximately 60 percent of people who get the fungal infection, Valley Fever, do not show any symptoms. True or False
6. In less than 1 percent of people who get valley fever, the infection can spread from the lungs to the rest of the body, causing meningitis (spine and brain infection) or infection in the bones and joints.
7. In the U.S., over ___________ percent of all valley fever cases occur in Arizona, and 30 percent occur in California. Most other cases occur in Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.
8. Anyone can get valley fever if they live in or have visited an area where the fungus Coccidioides lives, especially southern Arizona or California's________________area.
9. Which of the following groups of people do NOT have a higher risk of developing the severe form of Valley Fever?
10. Alpha1 Antitypsen Disorder is a congenital disorder that reduces the bodies ability to deal with contaminants in the lungs and any person with this disorder is at a high risk of the severe form of Valley Fever. True or False
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Valley Fever Awareness Training
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