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Health agencies fall behind on tracking valley fever

Valley fever is a fungal respiratory infection that is a constant health threat in vast stretches of the San Joaquin valley. 
Jacquie Green plays with her dogs Maggy and Jack at their foothills home in Tucson, Ariz. Maggy, the wolfhound, has had valley f

Valley fever dog vaccine research could help humans, too

Researchers say a canine vaccine against valley fever could be available within the next 10 years, and the work to save dogs from the disease could also further efforts to create a valley fever vaccine for people.
Five years after his diagnosis, Richard Nuwintore still swallows four pills a day of the potent antifungal itraconazole. (Kerry

California prisons reduce risk of valley fever for inmates

Richard Nuwintore's sentence in the California prison system has ended, but the valley fever infection he picked up while doing time is a life sentence. The state is now working to lower the risk for inmates.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) talks with Lisa Higgins, associate director of Valley Fever Initiatives at The University of

Federal funding fuels new valley fever research

The National Institutes of Health is now providing critical support to multiple studies on valley fever. Such research could yield critical new breakthroughs in our understanding of the long-overlooked disease.
Lab Assistant Erin Scott with the Kern County Public Health Services Department places valley fever patient samples into test tr

Accurate valley fever counts elude health officials

“Valley fever is almost certainly underreported, due to physicians and the public not being familiar with the disease,” said one infectious disease specialist. Reliable estimates of valley fever cases are still lacking.

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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.