Just One Breath http://kvpr.org en Universities Seek Public Input During 'Valley Fever Research Day' http://kvpr.org/post/universities-seek-public-input-during-valley-fever-research-day <p>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 disease.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 20:01:56 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 24061 at http://kvpr.org Universities Seek Public Input During 'Valley Fever Research Day' Professor: To Gain Attention, Valley Fever Needs Passionate Advocates, Stronger Name http://kvpr.org/post/professor-gain-attention-valley-fever-needs-passionate-advocates-stronger-name <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, the leaders of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are joining leading doctors, researchers, lawmakers, and area residents at a </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/nih-cdc-announce-clinical-trial-valley-fever" style="line-height: 1.5;">two-day symposium</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on valley fever in Bakersfield. Experts and patients say the meeting is an opportunity to shine a light on the chronically overlooked and misdiagnosed fungal disease.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:41:57 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22057 at http://kvpr.org Professor: To Gain Attention, Valley Fever Needs Passionate Advocates, Stronger Name NIH, CDC Announce Clinical Trial On Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/nih-cdc-announce-clinical-trial-valley-fever <p>The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will undertake a clinical trial to learn more about valley fever, agency leaders announced Monday at the start of a two-day symposium on valley fever, hosted by Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy.</p><p>"There are so many things we don't know about valley fever, and the best way to get the answers is to run a clinical trial," said&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:11:45 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 22041 at http://kvpr.org NIH, CDC Announce Clinical Trial On Valley Fever 'Unprecedented' Meeting Focuses On Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/unprecedented-meeting-focuses-valley-fever-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kings County health officer Dr. Michael </span>MacLean<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> uses one word to sum up this week’s valley fever symposium: 'Unprecedented.'</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says it’s a big deal that the leaders of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health are gathering in Bakersfield to focus their attention on an orphan disease that mainly affects the southwestern United States.</span></p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 16:55:16 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 21906 at http://kvpr.org 'Unprecedented' Meeting Focuses On Valley Fever Valley Fever Symposium Aims To Spark Search For Vaccine, Awarness http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-symposium-aims-spark-search-vaccine-awarness <p>In his mid-20s, Shane Hoover started planning for his death.</p><p>Hoover was diagnosed with valley fever, which is caused by inhaling fungal spores that grow in the soil, in 2010. He took medications for a while that kept it at bay. But he says he could not afford to keep paying for the drugs and, when he stopped, the disease intensified.</p><p>“He’d say, ‘I feel my body shutting down. I feel like it’s just a war inside of me that I can’t win,’” his mother, Kathleen Birks, said. “Our conversations became, ‘What do you want me to do with you when you die?’”</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:03:00 +0000 Rachel Cook - Reporting on Health Collaborative 21904 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Task Force to Aid Valley Fever Fight http://kvpr.org/post/congressional-task-force-aid-valley-fever-fight <p class="normal">Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy made another move in his crusade against valley fever Wednesday, announcing the new “Congressional Valley Fever Task Force.”</p><p class="normal">The panel is comprised of 11 Republicans and three Democrats from California, Arizona and Texas. McCarthy said the group grew out of meetings he’s had throughout the year with Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., who will co-chair the task force.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:41:29 +0000 Rachel Cook - Reporting on Health Collaborative 18903 at http://kvpr.org Congressional Task Force to Aid Valley Fever Fight Class Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Inmates With Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/class-action-lawsuit-filed-behalf-inmates-valley-fever <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawyers representing inmates at Pleasant Valley State Prison in Fresno County and </span>Avenal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State Prison in Kings County filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court Tuesday.</span></p></div><p>The suit is on behalf of black, elderly, and immune-compromised inmates who acquired valley fever since July 2009, while serving time at the two institutions.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:30:55 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 18129 at http://kvpr.org Class Action Lawsuit Filed On Behalf of Inmates With Valley Fever Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/federal-judge-move-inmates-risk-valley-fever <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All inmates at risk of developing a serious form of valley fever must be removed from two Central California state prisons within the next 90 days. That’s what a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday, upholding a directive from the federal official in charge of prison health care. The ruling comes over the objections of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which balked at the complexity of the policy. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 02:56:20 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 17293 at http://kvpr.org Federal Judge: Move Inmates At Risk Of Valley Fever New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/new-data-show-decline-reported-cases-valley-fever <p>California’s tally of valley fever cases dropped by more than 1,000 last year and some counties have also seen fewer cases in the early months of 2013.</p><p>But public health officials say it’s too early to identify long-term trends in the numbers.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:53:14 +0000 Rachel Cook & The Reporting On Health Collaborative 15830 at http://kvpr.org New Data Show A Decline In Reported Cases of Valley Fever Paso Robles Winemaker Battles Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/paso-robles-winemaker-battles-valley-fever <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span></p><p>“My wife and I had just come up here, to set up shop and continue our practice of winemaking, and, ‘Welcome to Paso Robles, here’s valley fever,’” Todd recounts.</p><p>In October of 2003, Todd was running a bulldozer through a vineyard, and kicking up lots of dust. They had no idea that dust would make him ill.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 17:55:03 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 15108 at http://kvpr.org Paso Robles Winemaker Battles Valley Fever Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest http://kvpr.org/post/cases-mysterious-valley-fever-rise-american-southwest 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.<p>"She's got so much energy usually," says Emily's mother, Valerie Gorospe. "Just walking from one part of the house ... she was drained." The little girl was also very pale. "She just didn't look like herself," Valerie recalls.<p>Emily, who lives in Delano, in California's Central Valley, was eventually diagnosed with <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/coccidioidomycosis/">valley fever</a>, also known as coccidioidomycosis. Mon, 13 May 2013 07:32:32 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 15011 at http://kvpr.org Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest State Raises Questions About Moving Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever http://kvpr.org/post/state-raises-questions-about-moving-inmates-risk-valley-fever-1 <p></p><p>In a motion filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, the state Attorney General raised questions about the federal order to exclude inmates especially vulnerable to valley fever from two Central Valley prisons.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 16:39:30 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14734 at http://kvpr.org State Raises Questions About Moving Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak http://kvpr.org/post/prison-health-advocates-call-more-steps-stop-valley-fever-outbreak <div><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday afternoon, the federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons ordered the state prison to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting valley fever.&nbsp; A day later, the state and experts are digesting that directive. Valley Public Radio's Rebecca </span>Plevin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reports, as part of the Reporting on Health Collaborative’s investigation into the disease.</span></p><p>----</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:44:04 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14430 at http://kvpr.org Prison Health Advocates Call For More Steps to Stop Valley Fever Outbreak Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever To Be Moved From Two Valley Prisons http://kvpr.org/post/inmates-risk-valley-fever-be-moved-two-valley-prisons-0 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal receiver in charge of health care in California’s prisons is ordering the state to remove inmates from two Central Valley prisons who are especially at risk of contracting the fungal disease known as valley fever. The move affects about 40 percent of the inmate population at </span>Avenal<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Pleasant Valley State Prisons.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Those affected include African Americans, Filipinos, inmates who are HIV positive, have compromised immune systems, or are pregnant or elderly.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:59:22 +0000 Joe Moore 14394 at http://kvpr.org Inmates At Risk of Valley Fever To Be Moved From Two Valley Prisons CDC To Hold Valley Fever Symposium in Bakersfield, McCarthy Says http://kvpr.org/post/cdc-hold-valley-fever-symposium-bakersfield-mccarthy-says-0 <p></p><p></p><p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will visit the San Joaquin Valley later this year to train public health professionals and the public in recognizing and defending against valley fever, Congressman Kevin McCarthy said Monday after an in-depth meeting with the agency and its director.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 16:30:22 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 14017 at http://kvpr.org CDC To Hold Valley Fever Symposium in Bakersfield, McCarthy Says CDC Study: Valley Fever Cases Increasing Dramatically http://kvpr.org/post/cdc-study-valley-fever-cases-increasing-dramatically <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cases of valley fever are climbing at stunning rates nationwide, and especially in California and Arizona, according to a new study released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</span></p><p>The agency launched its analysis following the publication of the Reporting on Health Collaborative’s <a href="http://kvpr.org/programs/just-one-breath">‘Just One Breath’</a> series on valley fever. Valley Public Radio is a member of the partnership.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:48:15 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 12823 at http://kvpr.org CDC Study: Valley Fever Cases Increasing Dramatically Valley Fever Advocates See Hope For New Funding, New Laws http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-advocates-see-hope-new-funding-new-laws-0 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">For Central California families impacted by valley fever, it seemed like the long-ignored disease was finally gaining attention.</span></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 17:29:44 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 12228 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Advocates See Hope For New Funding, New Laws Valley Fever Stories: Bernadette Madrid http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-stories-bernadette-madrid <p></p><p>Bernadette Madrid, Bakersfield, 29</p><p>I’ve been diabetic since I was 10. I got really sick with valley fever in 2006. It’s been a long seven years.</p><p>I thought I had a flu that wouldn’t go away and I had severe pain in my ribs. I also noticed that my vision was becoming blurry, and I thought maybe I needed glasses.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:45:04 +0000 Bernadette Madrid 10635 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Stories: Bernadette Madrid Valley Fever Stories: Jerry Walker http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-stories-jerry-walker <p></p><p>Jerry Walker, Bakersfield, 59</p><p>My name is Jerry Walker and I am a valley fever survivor.</p><p>I was not born and raised here. In late 1991, I was working as a petroleum engineer for one of the largest oilfield service companies in the world. Around the second week of November, I was working on the west side of the valley and experienced a very windy day with blowing sand.</p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:34:12 +0000 Jerry Walker 10634 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Stories: Jerry Walker Valley Fever Stories: David Losa http://kvpr.org/post/valley-fever-stories-david-losa <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David </span>Losa<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Bakersfield, 68</span></p><p>After living in Bakersfield for 17 years and not catching valley fever, I thought I might be immune. Being aware that the disease was endemic in my hometown, I read everything about it that I could get my hands on.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:20:54 +0000 David Losa 10633 at http://kvpr.org Valley Fever Stories: David Losa