The growing threat of drug-resistant, invasive fungi
Jul 1, 2021. Some fungi are evolving to resist drugs and ammonia cleaning and sometimes even attack healthy humans.
Valley Fever with similar symptoms to COVID-19 new health threat to Borderland
Jun 29, 2021. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention is asking cities in the Southwest to start looking for a growing health threat that presents itself a lot like COVID-19 but is completely unrelated. To illustrate the severity of how this disease can devastate an individual’s health, KFOX14 anchor Erika …
High school students collect soil samples to test for valley fever in citizen science program
Jun 23, 2021. This spring Kern High School District students took small samples of dust and dirt near their homes and parks and anywhere else around town where they wondered if there might
First Anti-Fungal Vaccine For Dogs Could Pave the Way for Humans
Jun 6, 2021. Cases of Valley fever, a fungal infection, have risen dramatically over the decade. Researchers hope a dog vaccine for valley fever may lead to one for humans.
Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World
June 1, 2021. These pathogens already kill 1.6 million people every year, and we have few defenses against them
Masks aren’t just for COVID-19: 2020 Valley fever decrease could be connected as well
May 11, 2021. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — For months the CDC has been stressing the importance of face coverings in the fight against COVID-19. Some states are seeing evidence that mask wearing may also h…
Dust Storms and Valley Fever in the American West
May 6, 2021. Valley fever is a dangerous threat to human health – and cases are on the rise in the arid southwestern United States, as wind from increasing dust storms can transport the fungal spores that cause the disease. Valley fever is caused by the Coccidioides fungus, which grows in dirt and fields and can…
Las Vegas family mourns teen they say died from rare valley fever
Apr 19, 2021. LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A Las Vegas family is mourning the death of a brother and son tonight.
Assemblyman Fong introduces resolution to bring awareness to Valley Fever
Mar 29, 2021. Assemblyman Vince Fong introduced ACR 58 to dedicate the month of August as Valley Fever Awareness Month.
How COVID-19 Has Complicated The Response To Valley Fever – Virus Update For Mar. 12
Mar 12, 2021. Even though COVID-19 has been the dominant public health threat for a year, first with a summer surge, then a winter surge, and now with the rollout of
How The West Is Battling COVID-19 And Valley Fever
Mar 3, 2021. This interview was originally broadcast during the January 15, 2021 episode of Science Friday. You can find the original piece here . Anna Antonowich is an
In an especially stressful year, new hotline provides relief for those in need
Dec 20, 2020. December is already the most stressful time of the year for many Americans, but add a pandemic into the mix and the stress can be too much to handle.
Historic day: First coronavirus vaccines administered at hospitals across Bakersfield
Dec 18, 2020. One local doctor called the vaccine a dagger to the back of the coronavirus.
Watch: First COVID-19 vaccines administered in Kern County
Dec 17, 2020. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines were administered in Kern County Thursday. Kern Medical administered the first vaccine today. The first person vaccinated in Kern Cou…
COVID-19, flu and valley fever present a 'Triple Threat' in Kern County
Dec 16, 2020
Doctor addresses Valley Fever concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic
Dec 15, 2020. As the coronavirus continues to sicken people in Kern County Dr. Royce Johnson from Kern Medical took time on Tuesday to address concerns about Valley Fever as it intersects with the pandemic.
UPDATED: Hospitals prep for imminent vaccine rollout
Dec 15, 2020. Local health officials were optimistic Monday the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine will arrive at local hospitals any day now, bringing a glimmer of hope to an increasingly dire
State: Kern County had 3,371 valley fever cases last year, most in the state
Dec 9, 2020. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County had the highest number of valley fever cases in the state last year, according to new data. The California Department of Public Health is report…
California sees record high number of Valley Fever cases
Dec 2, 2020. The state of California has seen a record high number of Valley Fever cases, according toThe California Department of Public Health . CDPH says around 9,004 new cases were seen in 2019, which is the highest its been since the state started to track cases in 1995. The highest number of cases were se…
Valley Fever And COVID-19 Share Similar Symptoms
Nov 16, 2020. If you’ve lived in the Phoenix-area for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of Valley fever — it’s a fungal infection in the lungs. But it happens to share a lot of the same symptoms as COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath.Thomas Grys is the co-director of Microbiology at the Mayo Clini…
McCarthy commends advancement of Valley Fever Research Center proposal
Oct 13, 2020. McCarthy commends advancement of Valley Fever Research Center proposal
Congressman Kevin McCarthy commends NIAID for its work on valley fever
Oct 13, 2020. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy commended the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for its work in preventing valley fever in a statement Tuesda…
As threat of valley fever grows beyond the Southwest, push is on for vaccine
Sep 4, 2020. One New Year’s Day, Rob Purdie woke up with a headache that wouldn’t quit. Vision problems, body aches and a slight fever followed. At the emergency room, the Bakersfield, California, resident was given antibiotics, which didn’t touch his symptoms.
COVID-19 deaths in three months equal to valley fever deaths in past five years
Jun 10, 2020. As cases of coronavirus continue to climb and new deaths are reported each day in Kern County, it’s easy to get lost in the numbers.
Inaugural Taft Valley Fever 5K Run & 2K Walk set to take place this Saturday
Jan 29, 2020. The city of Taft will host the first-ever Valley Fever 5K Run & 2K Walk this weekend, organized by the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical in partnership with the West Side Recreation & Park District.
Following funding boosts, momentum builds around valley fever research
Jan 19, 2020.
‘Eureka moment’ in valley fever case paves way for new research, treatment options
Jan 19, 2020. Hundreds of children and their families cycle in and out of UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital each week, and yet Dr. Manish Butte still remembers the day almost two years ago
Valley Fever and Flu season, knowing the signs and symptoms
Dec 23, 2019. Michelle Corson with Kern County Public Health joined 17 News at Sunrise to talk about Valley Fever and the Flu season. For more information, visit the Kern Public Health website here.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy secures $2M in federal funding to address valley fever
Dec 20, 2019. Congressman Kevin McCarthy said he has secured $2 million in federal funding to address valley fever. McCarthy said the funding will go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to expand …
Congressman McCarthy secures $2 million increase in Valley Fever funding
Dec 20, 2019. On Friday, Congressman Kevin McCarthy announced that a $2 million increase in funding has been secured for Valley Fever.
State officials: Valley Fever cases remain high in California counties, including Kern
Nov 26, 2019. Health officials said they’ve seen over 7,000 likely cases of Valley Fever this season.
Various partners come together to address Central Valley's health, education needs
Nov 25, 2019
Protecting yourself from Valley Fever
Oct 30, 2019. Health officials advise staying indoors and wearing masks outdoors
New state bill requires construction employers to provide training to employees on valley fever
Oct 11, 2019. SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGET) — California construction workers will soon receive valley fever awareness and prevention training. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill from Assemblyman Rudy Salas requiring …
Kern Medical, Rep. TJ Cox host town hall forum on Valley Fever
Oct 3, 2019. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Roughly 100 people, including elected officials, medical professionals, students, and Valley Fever patients gathered at Bakersfield College Thursday for a town ha…
Congressman TJ Cox to speak at valley fever town hall at Bakersfield College
Sep 30, 2019. Congressman TJ Cox will be speaking during a town hall on valley fever on Thursday at Bakersfield College. The town hall will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in the Indoor Theater, 1801 Panorama Dr. …
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Valley Fever: How to protect yourself on a windy day
Nov 6, 2019.
Dr. Royce Johnson, Medical Director of Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical, joined 17 News at Sunrise to discuss Valley Fever.
Protecting yourself from Valley Fever
Oct 30, 2019.
Health officials advise staying indoors and wearing masks outdoors
New law will require construction companies to provide valley fever training
Oct 13, 2019.
Construction companies in Kern and certain other counties will be required to train their employees about valley fever risks and symptoms under a new law authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas,
Reported dust cloud after Ridgecrest quakes raises valley fever concerns
Sep 6, 2019.
Anyone who spent time near Ridgecrest during July’s earthquakes and is experiencing flu-like symptoms — cough, fever, even rash and extreme fatigue — might want to get tested for valley
17 Newsmaker: Valley Fever
Aug 27, 2019.
Michelle Corson with Kern County Public Health joined 17 News at Sunrise to discuss valley fever symptoms, a new study research project with the Center for Disease Control and more.
Walking for a Valley Fever cure
Aug 10, 2019.
For the eighth straight year, the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical held its annual walk to help raise awareness for the crippling disease.
PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the eighth annual Valley Fever Walk
Aug 10, 2019.
Hundreds of people turned out Saturday morning to stroll, trot or just take in the sights at the eighth annual Valley Fever Walk at the Kern County Museum.
8th Annual Valley Fever Walk
Aug 7, 2019. Join the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical on Saturday, August 10 from 7 a.m.- 9 a.m. at the Kern County Museum for the 8th annual Valley Fever Walk. It’s a chance to ask experts your qu…
Public health starting research project on valley fever
Aug 01, 2019. The Kern County Public Health Department is starting new year-long research project on the correlation between weather and valley fever.
Health Department to search for airborne valley fever DNA in cutting-edge study
Jul 24, 2019. Many fundamental questions about valley fever remain a mystery, but if a new study by the Kern County Public Health Services Department is successful, one may soon have an answer.
Valley Fever Institute celebrates additional $2 million in funding with Assemblyman Salas
Jul 23, 2019. During the third trimester of her pregnancy, Ashley Villegas could put a name on what was making her feel miserable, more than just the usual pains that come with pregnancy.
Valley Fever Institute secures $2 million
Jul 23, 2019. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The Kern County Valley Fever Institute has secured another $2 million in state funding. Valley Fever, a sometimes deadly infection, took the lives of 6 people …
Valley Fever Institute secures $2 million in new funding
July 23, 2019. The Valley Fever Institute was able to secure $2 million in funding from the 2019-20 state budget. Assemblymember Rudy Salas was on hand to help celebrate the new funding. The $2 million this year will build off of the $3 million that was secured from last year’s state budget. “The team at the Valle…
farm workers struggle for valley fever treatment
uly 2, 2019. DELANO, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The wet winter we had before the dry summer could mean there’s more of the fungus that causes Valley Fever in Kern County’s soil. Doctors say the chances of getting Valley Fever are no more risky for farm workers than for others in Kern County, but access to treatment is…
Not sure when to ask for a valley fever test? It may not be accurate anyway.
May 8, 2019. Following a press conference held last month on the topic of valley fever, Russell Judd, the CEO of Kern Medical, said something about the disease that struck a chord for
Health organizations to host support groups for Valley Fever patients, family
May 07, 2019. Several Kern County health organizations will host upcoming Valley Fever support groups for patients and families impacted by the disease.
Valley fever cases in Kern last year were highest since 1992
Apr 24, 2019. Valley fever, the often harmless, yet sometimes deadly respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, killed six people and infected nearly 3,000 in Kern County last year, the highest number of
Health officials: 2,937 valley fever cases in 2018, 7% increase from 2017
Apr 24, 2019. Kern County public health officials said Wednesday morning there were 2,937 valley fever cases in 2018. That’s a 7% increase from the previous year and the highest amount of cases s…
Public Health: Highest number of Valley Fever cases in Kern County since 1992
Apr 24, 2019. Kern County has seen the highest number of Valley Fever cases since 1992, according to Kern Public Health.
Valley Fever cases hit new high
April 24, 2019. The Kern County Public Health Services Department released the 2018 Valley Fever cases today. The 2018 Valley Fever cases are at a new high with 2,937 cases reported. This is a 7 percent increase from 2017′s 2,748 reported cases. According to Kern Public Health, this is the highest number of reporte…
Valley Fever on the rise for several years
Apr 24, 2019. BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — The 2018 numbers for individuals affected by Valley Fever are in and 2,937 people have been diagnosed. This is the fourth consecutive year of increase in Kern County, most of them affecting 25 to 64 year old’s.
Valley Fever Symposium held to educate clinicians
Apr 10, 2019. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Wednesday night over one hundred clinicians participated in the first Valley Fever Symposium hosted by the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical.
Health officials warn of heightened valley fever risks
April 10, 2019. Public health officials issued a health alert today prompted by the winds and blowing dust. Nearly three thousand people caught valley fever in 2017 and nine of them died as a result. Health officials only anticipate those numbers growing and on windy days like today , health officials want you to …
Valley Fever experts urge people to stay inside during dusty winds
Apr 9, 2019. Valley Fever experts warned people to stay indoors Tuesday due to high winds that battered the Golden Empire.
Valley Fever Symposium for local
April 8, 2019. The Kern Medical Valley Fever Institute will host a Valley Fever Symposium on Wednesday, April 10. For more information about the Valley Fever Institute, visit here.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy holds valley fever roundtable
March 6, 2019. Congressman Kevin McCarthy held a valley fever roundtable in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
Rep. McCarthy shines Washington’s light on valley fever
March 6, 2019. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Rep. Kevin McCarthy hosted a valley fever research roundtable Wednesday in Washington. Fellow members of Congress, valley fever researchers, patient advocates, doctors, and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Hea…
Among the hidden victims of valley fever: domesticated dogs
Feb 2, 2019. Valley fever infects thousands of people in Kern County each year, but thousands of other cases could be flying under the radar.
Kern Medical and Duke University launch valley fever research study
January 28, 2019. According to the California Department of Public Health, Kern County has seen a spike in valley fever in the last three years. Doctors and researchers at Kern Medical are trying to learn more about the disease to reduce those numbers. Monday, the hospital announced a partnership with Duke University…
Valley Fever study needs participants
Jan 28, 2019. Individuals who are at least 14 years old and have been diagnosed with pneumonia and or valley fever within the last 14 days are eligible for the study.
New medical study for Valley Fever in Kern County
Jan 28, 2019. A new medical study is looking for volunteers in Kern County to improve the treatment of Valley Fever.
Valley Fever Institute receives hefty donation
Nov 14, 2018
Kern Health Systems donates $100,000 to Kern Medical to help fight valley fever
Nov 15, 2018
Valley Fever Institute receives $100,000 donation
Nov 14, 2018
Foothill High School students hear from the valley fever experts.
Oct 15, 2018
Biology teacher establishes partnership with valley fever institute
Oct 15, 2018
Foothill High students learn about Valley Fever
Oct 15, 2018
Valley fever medication poses added risk for pregnant women
Oct 14, 2018
Climate change could make this year the worst yet for valley fever
Sep 30, 2018
Valley fever bill aims to educate doctors on disease
Sep 06, 2018
Governor signs bills focused on valley fever
Aug 28, 2018
Two valley fever bills signed by Governor Brown aim to help reporting of cases
Aug 28, 2018
When life hands you lemons…
Aug 15, 2018
PHOTO GALLERY: Valley Fever Walk Saturday Morning At The Kern County Museum
Aug 11, 2018
Kern Medical unveils new Valley Fever Institute
Aug 10, 2018
Kern County In Depth: Lawmakers discuss gas tax, homelessness, Valley fever research
Aug 8, 2018
Kern Medical to unveil future home of Valley Fever Institute on Friday
Aug 08, 2018
Community Voices: Valley Fever fight starts with awareness and ends with a cure
Aug 5, 2018
McCarthy's $95 million valley fever bill would boost research, drug development
Aug 2, 2018
Valley fever forum aims to raise awareness within Latino community
Aug 2, 2018
Governor approves $3M for valley fever research in Kern County
Jun 27, 2018
$3 million for valley fever research signed into law
Jun 27, 2018
2018-19 state budget includes $8 million to combat Valley Fever
Jun 14, 2018
County's Valley Fever Institute could get $3M for research
Jun 9, 2018
New Valley Fever bills move forward
Apr 19, 2018
Assembly unanimously passes two bills to combat valley fever
Apr 19, 2018
Local cases of valley fever are on the rise
Apr 10, 2018
Valley fever killed nine, infected more than 2,900 in Kern County in 2017
Apr 9, 2018
Assemblymen ask state for $7 million in fight against valley fever to fuel research, spread awareness
Mar 13, 2018
McCarthy voices support for wider access to Valley Fever detection method
May 4, 2018
Bakersfield legislators ask state for $3 million in fight against valley fever
Feb 9, 2018
Kern Medical hosts Valley Fever forum
Feb 9, 2018
Kern County In Depth: Combating Valley fever
Feb 5, 2018
Community Voices: State-federal synergy to eradicate valley fever
Feb 4, 2018
When it comes to valley fever, awareness is still foreign among newcomers
Jan 26, 2018
Unprecedented six bills introduced within days of each other to address valley fever
Jan 16, 2018
Military’s early valley fever research still benefiting public health today
Dec 9, 2017
Sheriff Youngblood shares personal valley fever experience
Nov 7, 2017
Public Health Now Offers Valley Fever Skin Test
Aug 28, 2017
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Federal funding fuels new valley fever research
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Kern Medical to partner with NIH and CDC to study Valley Fever
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Fiebre Del Valle Instituto de la Fiebre del Valle asegura $2 millones
Jul 23, 2019
Aumentan casos de la Fiebre del Valle
Apr 25, 2019
Ley sobre la Fiebre del Valle avanza al senado
Sep 8, 2017
Salubridad ofrece prueba de piel para la Fiebre del Valle
Aug 31, 2017
El asambleísta Salas y el Instituto de la Fiebre del Valle anuncian nueva financiación
Jul 27, 2019
Donny Youngblood patrocina en anuncios en contra la Fiebre del Valle
Nov 10, 2017