By Stephanie Innes, Center for Health Journalism Collaborative


By  Robin Opsahl, Sacramento Bee

In 2011, Renee Lascaux went to her doctor’s office in Tracy with a fever, cough and headache. Her doctor took an X-ray, said it was pneumonia and sent her home with antibiotics....


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


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By Diana Aguilera
More than 2,100 California inmates will have to be moved from two Central Valley prisons because they may be susceptible of contracting valley fever.

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.