Valley Fever

Valley Fever is caused by fungal spores found in the soil in dusty, dry areas, including many areas in California affected by drought. It is spread through the air by any activity that produces dust.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports that Valley fever has been diagnosed in most California counties. Over 75% of cases have occurred in residents of the Central Valley.

For many people, exposure to the Valley fever fungus does not result in symptoms. For a small percentage, Valley fever can cause chronic pneumonia, meningitis, or other infections, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

“Some groups are at greater risk for severe Valley fever. These include:

  • Older adults (≥60 years old)
  • African Americans, Filipinos, and Hispanics
  • Pregnant women especially in the later stages of pregnancy
  • Persons with diabetes
  • Persons with conditions that weaken their immune system such as:
    • Cancer
    • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
    • Treatment with chemotherapy”

Source: California Department of Public Health



VALLEY FEVER INFORMATION

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Kern County Public Health Services
http://kerncountyvalleyfever.com/

Kern County Public Health Services
http://cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Pages/Coccidoidomycosis.aspx

Kern County Public Health Services
http://cdc.gov/Features/ValleyFever/index.html