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....


  By Stephanie Innes, Center for Health Journalism Collaborative


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.