pacific coast vineyards http://kvpr.org en 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 When Valley Fever Struck Celebrated Winemaker, Doctors Missed It http://kvpr.org/post/when-valley-fever-struck-celebrated-winemaker-doctors-missed-it <p>Todd and Tammy Schaefer appear the picture of good fortune and good health.</p><p class="Body">Tall, fit and well dressed, the couple met in Malibu, where they established their wine business. In 2001, they moved to Paso Robles, in San Luis Obispo County, and focused on Pacific Coast Vineyards full-time.</p><p class="Body">That’s where their long nightmare with valley fever began. Early in October 2003, Todd Schaefer was running a bulldozer that kicked up a thick cloud of dust.</p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 13:03:29 +0000 Rebecca Plevin & Reporting on Health Collaborative 3626 at http://kvpr.org When Valley Fever Struck Celebrated Winemaker, Doctors Missed It