Esperanza Rising

After the dust storm, Mama is the only one of the workers in the cabin to become ill. Why is that so?

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A month after the dust storm, Esperanza notices that Mama looks pale and encourages her to lie down. Her mother, tired and worn down, breaks out into a fever. A young doctor explains that Mama has contracted Valley Fever, a condition that results from dust spores growing in the lungs. Esperanza is rocked by the news that Mama will take six months to recover - and she may not even live that long.