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Videos: The Faces and Voices of Valley Fever

THE FACES AND VOICES OF VALLEY FEVER

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Videos: The Faces and Voices of Valley Fever

Beginning this weekend, we explore the human cost of this disease by asking those who are suffering to share their stories.

Patients Tell Their Stories
Friday, September 14, 2012

The number of valley fever cases has soared so high in recent years that health experts are calling it “The Second Epidemic.” The Reporting on Health Collaborative is exploring the rise of cases, the tricky science of studying the disease, the high costs to patients and taxpayers, the lack of private interest in funding treatments and vaccines, and the long history of inaction by government agencies.

Beginning this weekend, we also explore the human cost of this disease, which never leaves the body once it takes root. And that can best be told by sharing the stories of the everyday lives of those living with valley fever. To see and hear from survivors and people who lost loved ones to the disease, visit our Valley Fever Project playlist on YouTube.

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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.

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