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In 2016, a group of Kern Medical Center doctors and staff members introduced a clinical trial to study Fluconazole, a drug regul

One year after federal health officials launch first-of-its-kind valley fever drug trial, few have enrolled

Just 48 people have signed up across California and Arizona for a new clinical trial of Fluconazole, an antifungal drug used to treat valley fever. That's far fewer than officials had expected.
Credit: Casey Christie / The Californian

Bakersfield legislators ask state for $3M in fight against valley fever

Bakersfield lawmakers requested $3 million in the state budget last week to research treatments and conduct outreach for valley fever.
Vince Fong is introducing new valley fever legislation

Unprecedented six bills introduced within days of each other to address valley fever

Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, will introduce two bills Wednesday aimed at combating valley fever, the orphan disease which infected Californians at epidemic levels last year.
Salas introduces valley fever legislation

Disease experts split on benefits of valley fever bills introduced this week

Advocates for valley fever research give California Assemblyman Rudy Salas an “A” for effort for the "most robust" legislative effort to address the disease in state history. But public health officials and experts are split on whether the remedies proposed by Salas will bring improvements.
Assemblyman Salas introduces valley fever legislation

Salas introduces 'most robust' valley fever legislation in state's history

California Assemblyman Rudy Salas' introduced a new package of four bills on Monday that aim to boost valley fever awareness and treatment.


About This Series

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative – which currently involves the Bakersfield Californian, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno, Hanford Sentinel, the Voice of OC in Santa Ana, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, La Estrella de Tucsón and the Center for Health Journalism. The collaborative is an initiative of the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.