Dr. Tom Frieden, center, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answers questions from valley fever patients during a community forum at the Valley Fever Symposium held in Bakersfield at the Kern County Department of Public Health. At left is Dr. Royce Johnson, professor of medicine at UCLA and Kern Medical Center's chief of infectious disease. At right is Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Federal Funding Fuels New Valley Fever Research

The National Institutes of Health long ignored valley fever, a disease that mostly affects people in Arizona and California. But it is now providing critical support and researchers say they are “on the cusp of doing some very exciting things.”

Clockwise from top: Donald J. Trump; a protester at a Santa Ana City Council meeting; California's Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon; a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

How the Immigration Battle Lines Are Being Drawn

The shock that gripped immigrants and their advocates in the immediate aftermath of Donald J. Trump’s election has given way to an unprecedented mobilization. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening now and what may happen after his inauguration.

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.