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.

New Valley Fever Test Shows Promise, but Obstacles Remain

A new skin test called Spherusol can detect whether a person has developed a natural immunity to valley fever, a sometimes fatal disease caused fungal spores in soil. But despite its promise, the test isn’t in wide use.

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.