ByStephanie Innes and Harold Pierce, The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative |
Valley fever infects more than 13,000 people annually in Arizona and California and kills more than 100. Yet the two states spend less on public awareness about the disease in one year than what the Bakersfield City School District spends on lunch milk for a month and less than what Pima County’s Parks and Recreation Department spent on janitorial supplies in 2016.
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.”