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July 3, 2013
California corrections officials announced Tuesday they will comply with a federal judge's order to move inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of two San Joaquin Valley prisons. Just how this is to be done remains unclear. Jeffrey Callison, spokesman for the Department of...
June 26, 2013
Valley fever is on the rise in the southwestern United States, including Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Are W. It was a Thursday morning in March that Al Rountree called his boss to say he was too exhausted to make it to work. Thinking rest would help, Rountree went...
June 24, 2013
All inmates at risk of developing a serious form of valley fever had to be removed from two central California state prisons in 2013, upholding a directive from the federal official in charge of prison health care. The ruling came over the objections of the state Department of Corrections and...
June 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO — A lawyer representing inmates at two California state prisons told a federal judge Monday that an airborne fungus occurring in the San Joaquin Valley presents the deadly threat of valley fever and that thousands should be transferred immediately. Warren George, of the Prison...
May 30, 2013
PASO ROBLES, Calif. -- The long drought is easing in much of the country, but not west of the Mississippi, where it is still bone dry, according to a report Thursday by the federal government. That may be a factor in the spike in valley fever, a little-known illness that is spread by dust in the...
May 20, 2013
LOS ANGELES — A longstanding health problem in California's Central Valley has worsened in recent years, leading health officials to order the relocation of 3,000 prisoners from two state prisons. But the disease affects much of the population in some rural communities and, while it often...
May 15, 2013
The quest for the perfect pinot noir lured Todd and Tammy Schaefer from Malibu to Paso Robles in 2001. But a different fate awaited them and their business, called Pacific Coast Vineyards. “My wife and I had just come up here, to set up shop and continue our practice of winemaking, and,...
May 13, 2013
When she was just 6, Emily Gorospe became very tired and sick. The spunky girl, now 8, developed a fever that wouldn't go away, and red blotches appeared across her body. "She's got so much energy usually," says Emily's mother, Valerie Gorospe. "Just walking from one...
May 7, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. -- California and federal public health officials issued an alert that a dust-borne disease known as valley fever has been on the rise. Valley fever is contracted by simply breathing in fungus-laced spores from dust blowing in the wind. The disease, which is potentially lethal, has...
May 6, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. –  California and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease infecting more and more people around the nation, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it...

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