Bakersfield legislators ask state for $3 million in fight against valley fever



(The Californian) Bakersfield lawmakers this week requested $3 million in the state budget to research treatments and conduct outreach for valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County that infected more people last year in California than in the state’s history.

The budget proposal — requested by state Sen. Jean Fuller and Assembly members Vince Fong and Rudy Salas — comes during a critical time for valley fever, which has attracted unprecedented legislative attention this year. Salas and Fong introduced six bills in January addressing reporting guidelines, data collection, laboratory testing procedures, doctor training and worker safety.


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February 9, 2018