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.

A Chance to Be Heard

Top federal health officials are traveling to Bakersfield this week to hear the stories of valley fever survivors and discuss how to bring greater awareness of and funding for the sometimes crippling disease.

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.