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.

Five Ways to Advance the Fight Against Valley Fever Epidemic

Getting more attention for Valley Fever, which has reached epidemic proportions in parts of California’s Central Valley, will require a coordinated effort among doctors, drug companies and patient groups.

Treatment Costs for Valley Fever Mount for Patients and Taxpayers

Valley fever is epidemic in parts of California. At more than $100,000 for a typical hospital stay, the disease is more costly to treat than any of California’s 25 most common conditions requiring hospitalization.

Just One Breath

Valley fever, a disease people contract from breathing fungal spores contained in soil, has reached epidemic proportions in parts of California. Yet it is so little known and misunderstood that people have died without ever having known they had it.
 

State Not Backing Its Own Hospital Infection Data

In a rare form of self-flagellation, the state Department of
Public Health is tearing apart its own work that took more than a
year and millions of dollars to complete.