Well, this just came across my desk today - Occupation exposure among cast and crew. It brings up several interesting aspects- number one being, I wish I knew who the actor was! Maybe we could have a spokesperson for VF! Other than that selfish response, I think it also highlights a great source of data that is only available in California. No other state considers coccidioidomycosis as a work related injury. I imagine these are not the only cases of cluster infections, but it seems that it would be really helpful to follow more of these exposures, and combine with our soil analysis.
I'll be reporting more on soil work, as my lab just got funding to expand theses studies and my hope is that we will have a very robust and scalable application for environmental detection.
Forgot to mention the annual Coccidioidomycosis meeting that happened weekend before last. It was very well attended, with some higher profile researchers giving talks. After the main meeting on Saturday, we had a gathering of folks interested in Cocci in the soil. Will post more info as it becomes available. For now, we are developing a linked in group. Comment or email to request joining.