(Bakersfield Californian) Valley Fever is a devastating disease that impacts thousands of Californians a year, with the majority of those victims located right here in Kern County.
Because Kern County has one of the largest populations of Valley Fever victims in the country, I became aware of this disease well before I became a legislator. I saw firsthand how it impacted my students and their families while I was an educator, and I heard the devastating stories from family and friends who earned their livings working outside.
While many of us in the Central Valley have heard of this disease, many more have not despite it being a statewide health issue.
This is why, for nearly a decade, I have been working with experts and victims of Valley Fever to help raise awareness of this devastating and deadly disease and to impress upon my colleagues how horrible and prolific this epidemic is in California and Kern County.