ByHAROLD PIERCE The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
Even as valley fever cases are sharply increasing in Central California, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have created programs to inform the public about the little-known respiratory disease.
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.
ByHAROLD PIERCE of The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
California’s current record-setting drought appears to be exacerbating the ongoing epidemic of valley fever, a sometimes debilitating, and even deadly, disease caused by fungal spores embedded in dry dirt.
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.
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.