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Rapid-detection DNA test for valley fever clears FDA, but procedure could be 'uncomfortable' for most patients

Researchers say a new test for valley fever can return nearly 100 percent accurate results in under two hours. It’s a breakthrough for the orphan disease.
Sailors saluting flag at Lemoore, black and white.

Military’s early valley fever research still benefiting public health today

In the city of Lemoore, a community of 25,000 rising out of arid cropland in California’s San Joaquin Valley, almost everyone has a story about valley fever.
Nine workers were infected by valley fever at a Cholame Hills solar panel construction project late last year, resultin

Nine sick of valley fever at Monterey County solar construction site, one hospitalized

The workers fell ill earlier this year while working on a solar panel project in Monterey County after six employers allowed serious lapses in training and safety precautions.
6 construction firms in Monterey County were fined for exposing workers to valley fever. Contributed, First Solar

State fines firms for exposing workers to valley fever in Monterey County

Six construction firms involved in the California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County were fined $241,950 by a state agency this week after a whistleblower alleged the companies were exposing workers to valley fever.
Sheriff Donny Youngblood stars in new valley fever PSA

Valley fever has its champion: Kern County Sheriff stars in awareness campaign

Two major obstacles have stood in the way of the development of a meaningful valley fever awareness campaign: money, and a lack of a celebrity to champion the cause. Now, Kern County Department of Public Health Services is introducing two television PSA starring starring Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

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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.