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Research suggests an alarming link between a common drug used for valley fever and birth defects. The disease also tends to be more severe in pregnant women.
The antifungal drugs used to treat valley fever can cause hair loss. With the number of valley fever cases on the rise, a wig shop in Bakersfield, Calif., is helping women feel better about themselves.
The budget includes $8 million for research and outreach into the disease, caused by inhaling spores that grow in arid soil.
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.
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.
A new skin test called Spherusol can detect whether a person has developed immunity to valley fever. But despite its promise, the test still isn’t in wide use.

Kerry Klein's Blog

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posted 10/17/18
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posted 03/03/17

Kerry Klein's Work

A reporter shares a handful of investigative reporting techniques that proved essential in overcoming blind spots among local health experts who were largely unaware of opioids' toll in their communities.
Despite the chokehold heroin and pain pills have had on public health for years, Bakersfield cops are dealing with far more than opioids.
This story is part of a series called In Recovery, about opioid addiction and treatment in the San Joaquin Valley.

Collaborative Reporting

Research suggests an alarming link between a common drug used for valley fever and birth defects.... more »
The antifungal drugs used to treat valley fever can cause hair loss. With the number of valley... more »