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If you are from the news media and are interested in contacting David Filip and/or Sharon Filip for interviews please write them at

David and Sharon are both available for radio, television and print media interviews, and also for speaking engagements.  The information in their current book "Valley Fever Epidemic" will shock the nation and the world with the truth about this incurable disease.  Coccidioides is a naturally occurring biohazard, an agent of bioterrorism, and has been kept a "local secret" for decades. Valley Fever Survivor is committed to ensuring this disease finally receives the public attention it deserves.

Everyone should have the right to know what health risks they, their children, and their pets face just by driving through, visiting, moving to, or living in the desert southwest.

VFS in the News

January 31, 2017
David Filip was interviewed by Felicity Barringer for Stanford University's Bill Lane Center for the American West. This Valley Fever article was titled "The Southwest’s Orphan Disease Thrives on Ignorance."

July 28, 2016
David Filip and Sharon Filip were interviewed by Markian Hawryluk at The Bulletin about Valley Fever and the recent discovery of soil samples with C. immitis in Oregon.

February 18, 2016
Jeff Garberson's article "Valley Fever: A Silent, Unpredictable Menace" in the Independent features an interview with Sharon Filip and David Filip.
Valley Fever Survivor's lead researcher David Filip shared additional information to the Independent about the costs of Valley Fever at
The reporting also generated discussion in the local community, as seen in Gil Stratton's letter to the editor titled "Political Cowardice." It is published at

January 29, 2016
KCRA 3’s Kevin Oliver contacted Sharon Filip and David Filip for information and to find local residents with Valley Fever for the following news report:

November 14, 2015
The Arizona Daily Star's Stephanie Innes interviewed Sharon Filip and David Filip for the story "Cases of valley fever up 24 percent through October" which can be read at:

June 10, 2015
KEPR TV's Kathleen Jacob interviewed Sharon Filip and David Filip for the story "Valley Fever Survivor Speaks Out" to continue the reporting on Valley Fever in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.

March 26, 2014
The PBS KVIE documentary series Viewfinder's upcoming episode Deadly Dust: Valley Fever in the West had assistance from Valley Fever Survivor. In addition to providing background information and an interview with Sharon Filip and David Filip, we connected producer Jason Shoultz with five members of our "Valley Fever family" who were interviewed and will appear in the documentary. The interview with David Filip and Sharon Filip was added as a web extra for the documentary along with extended interviews.
This is the official page for "Deadly Dust: Valley Fever in the West." This documentary is available for viewing at the above KVIE web site as well.

March 16, 2015
Sharon Filip was interviewed in Rebecca Taylor's story on Valley Fever for Tucson's KVOA News 4.

September 27, 2013
Sharon Filip was interviewed by John Upton for his Vice article.

September 20, 2013
Rebecca Plevin interviewed Sharon Filip for a Reporting On Health's "Just One Breath" series that was printed in many papers, including the Bakersfield Californian.

July 16, 2013
Sharon Filip and David Filip were interviewed by and assisted Tom Geoghegan for his BBC report on Valley Fever.

July 4, 2013
Sharon Filip was interviewed and David Filip provided assistance to Patricia Leigh Brown
for the New York Times report on Valley Fever.

May 20, 2013
Sharon Filip and David Filip were interviewed by and assisted Mike O'Sullivan for his Voice of America report on Valley Fever.

May 23, 2013
Sharon Filip was interviewed by Maria Camilla Bernal for an upcoming article for the New York Times Student Journalism Institute.

May 5, 2013
David Filip and Sharon Filip assisted reporter Gosia Wozniacka by providing information and finding appropriate interviewees for this nationally distributed Associated Press story on Valley Fever.

April 3, 2013
David was interviewed by Skip Essick on Fresno, CA's KMJ 580 AM

March 21, 2013
Sharon and Dave provided information and assistance to Joe Conger's KENS 5 news report on Valley Fever in San Antonio, Texas.

February 20, 2013
Sharon was interviewed by reporter Rebecca Plevin about Valley Fever Survivor Support Groups for an upcoming article.

May 26, 2012
David and Sharon were guests on the radio show "Fitness Talk with Lance Dreher." The show aired on Phoenix Arizona's KFYI 550am radio at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 26th. A survivor of disseminated Valley Fever himself, Dr. Dreher dedicated the hour to a discussion of Valley Fever.

An archive of the show can be heard at for listening online. It can also be heard below.

October 5, 2011
Weather Center on The Weather Channel
Sharon was interviewed about the ongoing Valley Fever epidemic during the major storms in Phoenix.

June 26, 2010
Valley Fever Epidemic Interview
Larry Shannon interewed David Filip about Valley Fever and the book Valley Fever Epidemic.
A Minute More is a syndicated radio programming service. The Valley Fever segment is available for download on the front page of or you can download the Valley Fever interivew directly at this link.

June 22, 2010
The 1st Quesiton
Sharon's son/David's brother Seth had the unique opportunity to talk about Valley Fever during his appearance on The 1st Question, an Internet virtual world game show.
The episode's page is

November 2, 2009
Valley Fever -- How it Can be Caught in a Single Breath
Report by Bill Bellis using a map and research material from
KNXV, ABC Channel 15
Phoenix, Arizona
Click here to view the televised report on Valley Fever.

September 25, 2009
Book sales to benefit valley fever research
Michael Williams
North County Times
This article highlighted information about our 2009 book sale benefit.

September 13, 2009
VALLEY FEVER: Victims say disease deadly, debilitating
Paul Harasim
Las Vegas Review-Journal
This article featured an interview with Sharon Filip and mentioned the September 2009 benefit from sales of Valley Fever Epidemic.

September 2009
"Who Wrote 'Valley Fever Epidemic' and Why?"
Valley Fever Americas Foundation Newsletter
The VFAF organizes California's fundraisers and the vaccine projects as well as this informative newsletter. In this issue, Sharon Filip and David Filip were profiled and the details of our September 2009 benefit for the vaccine project were revealed. The front cover of "Valley Fever Epidemic" was even placed on the VFAF front page for months. Read the whole newsletter here. Please note the story continues on page 6 and not 2 as written in the newsletter.

June 20, 2009
Riverside County Not Immune to Valley Fever
Michael J. Williams
North County Times
This article featured information provided by VFS. As with other articles, reporters often need local people with Valley Fever and we are able to ask our contact base for those who would wish to participate.

March 25, 2009
Valley Fever a Hot Topic in Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley Projects
Aaron Burgin
The Press Enterprise
Residents wanted to prevent a construction project that was likely to increase the local Valley Fever infection rate. Sharon was interviewed in this article.

February 24, 2009
The Jerry Puffer Show
Tuesday February 24, 2009 at 4:35
Radio Interview, KSEN AM 1150
Shelby, Montana

January 19, 2009
Feds study Arizona's valley-fever epidemic
Cecilia Chan
The Arizona Republic
Valley Fever Survivor was provided as a resource for people with cocci after the article.

May 17, 2007
KPNX, Channel 12 at 10pm
Special Report Phoenix, Arizona
Read the transcript and watch the video with Sharon talking about Valley Fever Survivor's work here.

May 17, 2007
Kong TV 6/16 News at 10PM
King 5 News at 11PM
Health Link Report
Seattle, Washington
Due to a redesign at KING 5's web site at the original video is no longer available. A text transcript of the original King 5 News Story that featured both Sharon Filip and David Filip from Valley Fever Survivor is available here.

March 1, 2007
The Comeback Cop: Valley Fever is latest battle
Jill Hanks
12 News
Phoenix, Arizona
While Valley Fever Survivor's volunteers did not contribute to this story, the organization itself was mentioned.
"McClanahan had never heard of Valley Fever when he was diagnosed, but says he has since done numerous amounts of research, educating himself, and becoming an expert on the illness. He recommends a website called"

August 31, 2004
"Tenacious valley fever runs gamut from mild to deadly cases"
Connie Midey
The Arizona Republic
Read the article at this link. Valley Fever Survivor was contacted for the article and we provided volunteers to speak about their Valley Fever cases.

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