- The local angle
While Valley fever is a rising concern across the state, cases have gone down locally, according to California Department of Public Health.
There were 75 reported cases of coccidioidomycosis, more commonly known as Valley fever, in San Joaquin County last year, according to the department’s Coccidiodomycosis 2012 summary.
That’s down from the 123 reported cases in 2011, according to a New-Sentinel article published June 11, 2012.
Indications of Valley fever include flu-like and pneumonia-like symptoms, with rashes, pains, extreme tiredness and coughing.
Most people get over Valley fever with good rest. For more severe cases, medicine is used to treat coccidiodomycosis, and in very rare cases surgery is required.
Those who work outside around dust are advised to wear respiratory protective gear. For more information, call the California Department of Public Health’s at 209-468-3822 or visit the CDPH website.
— James Striplin
Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 am
U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, called Valley fever “a big and growing problem” that presents “substantial” economic and health costs for Californians.
The CDC chief — along with National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, and others — was in Kern County this week for a two-day symposium on the fungal disease.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:00 am.