(KGET17) On Friday, Kern Medical unveiled its new approach to combating Valley Fever in Kern County. Plans were unveiled for an expansion of the clinical space used for Valley Fever patients at the hospital.
"This indeed is a momentous day," exclaimed Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh.
Valley Fever is a respiratory infection. Last year it claimed nine lives in Kern County.
Valley fever spores are found in dirt and once the soil is disturbed they're released into the air. The infection is most common in the Central Valley due to our dry, hot climate.