(KGET - Bakersfield) Valley Fever cases are on the rise, the fungal infection took the lives of nine people in Kern county last year.
Officials urge the importance of knowing the symptoms and being aware of the resources available.
"If there's a lot of dust around, you want to stay indoors," said Doctor Augustin Muñoz, pulmonary specialist.
The illness is caused by a fungus found in the soil and dirt. In California, the fungus is most common in the Central Valley due to its dry, hot climate.