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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans are at risk for a devastating disease, and one breath is all it takes.

It's a dangerous fungus that lives in the dirt of surrounding states.

It can make you sick, and you have probably have never heard of it.

"A respiratory illness, a flu-like illness, fatigue, cough and those generally go away within a few weeks," said Dr. Tom Chiller, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For some, the fungal infection is more serious.

NewsChannel 4's Marianne Rafferty learned about the implications of the disease firsthand after her son, Devin, contracted it as an infant.

Years later, it's still impacting their lives daily.

"I feel robbed. I feel like we lost our son's childhood. He was healthy as a horse when he was born," says Ian Rafferty, Devin's father.

Learn more about this devastating disease, and hear Rafferty's personal story in a series of reports - beginning tonight at 5 p.m. on NewsChannel 4.