For example, an article on the front page of the Tucson newspaper talked about the dreaded Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis). Anyone that is a regular visitor to the SW United States knows that this malady is nothing to mess around with. They probably also know that it is misdiagnosed a great deal of the time.
My husband contracted it several years ago and probably suffered for several weeks before I even realized what was going on. He was fatigued, suffered from night sweats and even broke out in a blistered rash. By the time we arrived home in Oregon he was in such bad shape that I feared for his life.
The Oregon doctor was so uncertain of the cause and unwilling to listen to the information we had that I was led to take action and make an appointment with a pulmonary specialist on my own. It was only after a pulmonoscopy that definite determination as to his condition could be made. We were very relieved because we thought that it was cancer...the xrays looked very bad.
|Xray of patient with|
Believe it or not the wind carries the fungus spores and many locals here in Arizona simply don't go out on a windy day any more than necessary. We think my husband contracted it while playing golf when the wind was so strong the ball would not stay on the tee. I was playing that day too but did not have a problem.
|Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus.|
It could be that the problem with all of these diseases is that they won't generally show up until you are back home and your local doctor may not be as knowledgable about maladies because they don't strike locally. So you, the traveler, need to be aware and pro-active.
If you are a snow bird you are probably thinking about heading back home within the next few weeks. Please make yourself aware so you can protect yourself. Travel is fun but you still need to be careful.
|English: Erythematous rash in the pattern of a “bull’s-eye” from Lyme disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|