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Daniel Sestiaga was first diagnosed with Valley fever in 2020, though his infection would later spread throughout his body, turning into the most severe form of the disease known as disseminated Valley fever. Sestiaga is shown here in his Tucson home on Sept. 17, 2021.

Evidence points to Valley fever as a growing problem in Arizona - research shows the most serious form of the illness disproportionately impacts people of color, and likely those who work outdoors - but state policies shield the public from fully understanding the dangers the disease poses. Read more» 1