ByHarold Pierce, Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
Nine construction workers fell ill to valley fever this year while working on a solar panel project in Monterey County after employers allowed serious lapses in training and safety precautions, according to new information obtained by the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative on the recent outbreak.
ByHAROLD PIERCE And STEPHANIE INNES of The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
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.
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.
ByREBECCA PLEVIN And KELLIE SCHMITT
Reporting on Health Collaborative |
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.
ByKELLIE SCHMITT, REBECCA PLEVIN and TRACY WOOD, Reporting on Health Collaborative |
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.