Via the Carlsbad Current-Argus: Valley fever claims life of Carlsbad man. Excerpt:
A Carlsbad man is dead after a recent battle with valley fever.
The fever is relatively rare for New Mexico, and deaths even more so, according to a state health official. It's more commonly found in areas of Arizona and California.
Cases of the fever are now on the rise, largely in Arizona and California, the Health Department said. There have been 336 cases of valley fever in New Mexico reported since 2006. None of those have resulted in deaths, according to the health department. Four cases have been reported so far this year.
Paul Jeffery Moore, 60, died on May 19. The Current-Argus was unable to talk with Moore's family members about the circumstances of his death, but according to a spokeswoman at the Office of the Medical Examiner, in Albuquerque, the manner of Moore's death was natural. The cause was "sepsis due to coccidioides immitis pneumonia."
What that means in plain English, according to the Centers for Disease Control, is that valley fever is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides. The fungus lives in the soil in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico and Central and South America. The fungus was also recently found in south-central Washington.