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Retired professor Jack D. Rogers, an international expert on fungi, holds a slide stained with Coccidioides-infected tissue from a dog.

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Researchers: Fungus that can cause deadly illness has spread to Washington

PULLMAN — A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest.

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