This year, you’re likely to hear a lot of predictions about how the drought will impact our health, environment, and food.
But one thing you won’t hear is whether the dry conditions will – without a doubt - increase the risk of valley fever in California. Sure, it makes sense. Even microbiologist Antje Lauer expects that drought conditions, and drier soil, would increase the risk of valley fever.
“If we want to have less of the valley fever fungus in the soil, you would pray for more rain,” Lauer says.