Valley Fever is named for California’s San Joaquin Valley, but the fungus that causes the disease actually originated in Arizona. That finding is the result of genetic testing performed by Flagstaff scientists.

Melissa Sevigny

A research institute in Flagstaff traced a deadly infection in South America to tainted cancer medication. Scientists made the connection because now they can map an organism’s complete DNA.


Flagstaff scientists have identified a rare strain of “flesh eating bacteria” in Coconino County. It’s the first time the “superbug” has been seen in Arizona.


Scientists at a research institute in Flagstaff want dog owners to help with a new study about Valley Fever.

Janice Haney Carr / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Researchers connected with Northern Arizona University have discovered the origins of a strain of anti-biotic resistant staph.

Their new study appeared this week in the on-line journal mbio, published by the American Society of Microbiology..

The bacterium started in humans, moved to animals, then moved back to humans again.

And in the course of its journey, it developed its resistance to antibiotics.

First some basic terms.

Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, is a common bacterium.