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Valley fever linked to sixth death in SLO County this year

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A sixth person has now died this year in San Luis Obispo County from Valley Fever, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department. 

Health officials say the person was an elderly man who lived south of the Cuesta Grade. 

While there have been more than 200 valley fever cases in the county so far this year, this is the first reported death from the infection since May when health officials said valley fever was expected to spike this year. 

The fungus that causes valley fever lives naturally in the soil in SLO County, health officials say. When this soil is disturbed - by wind, construction, or other causes - people can breathe in the spores of this fungus and develop valley fever, according to the County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency.

Health officials urge anyone with severe flu-like symptoms that last more than two weeks to see a doctor and request to be tested for valley fever as symptoms can mimic other more common illnesses. 

There have been no deaths this year in Santa Barbara County related to Valley Fever, according to health officials. 


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