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November sees surge in Arizona valley fever cases

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PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Health Services says the number of valley fever cases in Arizona surged in November, putting the state's year-end total above 2016.

The Arizona Republic reports there were 926 cases reported in November, the highest monthly total since September 2015.

The state's health director Cara Christ says officials aren't sure how to explain the November surge.

The high volume of reports in November will likely put 2017's total over the 6,101 cases reported in 2016.

Officials believe 2017's total will remain under the 2015 total of 7,622.

Valley fever is a sometimes deadly respiratory illness caused by spores found in soil. Most cases occur in California and Arizona.

Experts believe the disease is under-reported in Arizona, California and other states.

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