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There are arguments for developing a valley fever vaccine, but it can’t happen without a breakthrough in research — or more public funding.

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After years of promising developments, the effort to produce a valley fever vaccine was all but terminated because of a lack of funding and industry interest. Yet some still hope to see a vaccine on the market.

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In an editorial, the Bakersfield Californian praises state Sen. Michael Rubio "for stepping forward and pledging to do something about the rise in valley fever cases we've seen in recent years."

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Kudos to state Sen. Michael Rubio for stepping forward and pledging to do something about the rise in valley fever cases we've seen in recent years.

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The Just One Breath investigative series on valley fever prompts a California state senator to hold hearings on the rise in cases in the state's agricultural Central Valley.

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Reporters investigating the impact of valley fever in California dug up striking information about the disease's financial costs to taxpayers. Here's how they did it.

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Californians are locked into contributing millions to treat the rising number of prisoners sickened by valley fever.

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At age 52, Bakersfield Police Captain Archie Scott was healthy and extremely fit. Then valley fever ended his career. “We didn’t know what we were dealing with,” he said.

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Valley fever is a drain on taxpayers. An estimated 60 percent of valley fever-related hospitalizations - resulting in charges of close to $2 billion over 10 years in California alone - are covered by government programs.

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“I was really lost,” Candice said of her mother's death from valley fever in 2009. “She was my best friend.”

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