valley fever

Misdiagnosis of Valley Fever Prolongs the Suffering

Nov 12, 2012
Henry A. Barrios / The Bakersfield Californian

Jayden Lugo has had 56 surgeries in her short life. The 10-year-old from Wasco in California’s Central Valley has brain damage, uses a walker to get around, undergoes therapy once a week and takes three pills every night before she goes to bed. Jayden was born healthy, but when she was 2-months-old she contracted valley fever or coccidioidomycosis, becoming one of an estimated 150,000 adults and children who annually contract the disease prevalent in California and Arizona. What happened next...