KGUN chief meteorologist Erin Christiansen has been off the air this week due to an illness that doctors have now diagnosed as Valley Fever.
Christiansen originally thought she had a case of bronchitis but she’s actually suffering from something more serious, KGUN reports. Valley Fever, or Coccidioidomycosis, is a fungal infection of the lungs that is endemic in arid parts of the country, especially Arizona.
KGUN expects Christiansen, who has been with the Tucson ABC-affiliate since 2006, to miss work for at least another week as she undergoes treatment. She currently appears on the station’s 5, 6, and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts.