Kerry Klein, the California Report
Cocci is the nickname for Valley Fever - the infectious disease caused by a fungus that spreads tiny spores on the wind and invades the lungs. It's painful, it's deadly, and it's being noticed by the public.
Researchers at UC Merced are playing key roles in the new UC Valley Fever Research Initiative, studying how the Valley fever fungus, Coccidioides immitis, causes disease in its mammalian hosts, and identifying the genes involved in this process.
BY HAROLD PIERCE The Center for Health Journalism Collaborative
PHOENIX -- This week's rains appear to be causing problems for allergy sufferers. And when it's not the rain, the dust storms could be dredging up the fungus that creates valley fever.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court in Sacramento on July 14 against the state of California on behalf of 58 current and former inmates who contracted Valley fever while serving time in one of the state’s Central Valley prisons.
Researchers at UC Merced are moving forward with two research projects that aim to better understand Valley fever in the San Joaquin Valley.
Saturday's event, held at the Kern County Museum'sPioneer Village, drew an estimated 200 walkers, many in teams. All proceeds were slated to go to the Valley Fever Americas Foundation to support research toward a vaccine, as well as a renewed focus on development of Nikkomycin Z.