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May 5, 2014
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A fungus that can cause a potentially fatal illness called valley fever has been found for the first time in the soil of Washington, officials at Washington State University said Monday. When the fungus, which is normally found in semi-arid soils of the Southwest,...
April 3, 2014
Valley fever, described as a “silent epidemic” by the Centers for Disease Control, is the focus of a series of wide-ranging talks at the University of California, Merced. Twelve lectures were held between March and May, 10 of them on the university campus. One was presented remotely by...
March 31, 2014
MERCED — Erin Gaab, a postdoctoral scholar at UC Merced’s Health Sciences Research Institute, is taking the initiative in looking closer at the psycho-social issues faced by families with children who have been diagnosed with valley fever. With the help of 13 undergraduate research...
March 22, 2014
Doctors in the San Joaquin Valley have a new, fast way to help diagnose valley fever using a test developed in a Fresno hospital laboratory. The new DNA test for the fungal disease -- a first in the state -- can provide results in five hours instead of the more than two weeks it now takes for a...
February 21, 2014
This year, you’re likely to hear a lot of predictions about how the drought will impact our health, environment, and food. But one thing you won’t hear is whether the dry conditions will – without a doubt - increase the risk of valley fever in California. Sure, it makes sense....
November 10, 2013
About This Series: This project results from a new venture – the Reporting On Health collaborative – which involves the Bakersfield Californian, the Merced Sun-Star, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, The Stockton Record, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno...
November 10, 2013
FRESNO -- Dr. Erin Gaab, a researcher with the UC Merced Health Sciences Research Institute, was unaware of valley fever until about a year ago when doctors from Central California Children's Hospital visited her and spoke of how the disease has affected their young patients. Rey Leon,...
November 5, 2013
This Saturday, community members are invited to attend Valley Fever Research Day at the UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research. The event is an opportunity for researchers from UCSF Fresno, UC Merced, and Fresno State to connect with community members who have been impacted by the...
September 24, 2013
Many questions about valley fever remained unanswered after public health officials, physicians and politicians finished a two-day symposium on the disease, but officials and doctors alike were hopeful that the summit will be a turning point in the fight against valley fever. Two of the country...
August 14, 2013
A mysterious fungal disease is sweeping through parts of the United States. Here's what you need to know. Read more on Mother Jones. Image courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.      

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