March 27 - 31, 2017
Hover Park • Finley, Washington
An Eastern Washington University (EWU) student field technician will be conducting research at Hover Park and will be in full protective gear as standard procedure.
WHAT'S BEING DONE
The Washington State Department of Health
, in partnership with Eastern Washington University
(EWU) and the Benton-Franklin Health District
, is conducting rodent trapping and sampling at Hover Park to research the fungus Coccidioides
, which can cause the infection Valley fever
An EWU student field technician will be trapping rodents at the park for species research in relation to Coccidioides.
Animals will not be harmed and will be immediately released and not taken off the premises.
Soil testing will also be conducted to test a new in-field testing method and compare results to lab-based testing. Research is focused on the Coccidioides
WHERE IS IT FOUND?
lives in soil in areas of low rainfall, high summer temperatures, and moderate winter temperatures. The fungus is fairly common in the Southwestern United States, and parts of Central and South America. The fungus has also recently been found in Washington.
CAN I GET VALLEY FEVER?
Most people who breathe in the spores don't get sick, but some people do. Usually, people who get sick with Valley fever will get better on their own within weeks to months, but some people will need anti-fungal medication. Animals, including pets, can also become infected this way.
Valley fever does not spread from person to person or from animals to people. The risk of getting Valley fever is very low, but anyone can get it.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Benton County Parks Department
7122 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick