Lab assistant Erin Scott with the Kern County Public Health Services Department is placing valley fever patient samples into test trays.

Accurate Valley Fever Counts Elude Officials

Estimates of valley fever cases recorded by local, state and federal agencies vary so widely that they call into question the accuracy of the figures released to the public, a Center for Health Journalism Collaborative investigation has found.

Eleven-year-old Faith Herrod, recovering from Valley Fever, plays with her dogs when she has the energy for it.

New Valley Fever Test Shows Promise, but Obstacles Remain

A new skin test called Spherusol can detect whether a person has developed a natural immunity to valley fever, a sometimes fatal disease caused fungal spores in soil. But despite its promise, the test isn’t in wide use.