Dozens walk to raise awareness of Valley Fever at Kern County Museum

In 2013, more than 1,700 were diagnosed

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Ever year, hundreds of Kern County residents are diagnosed with Valley Fever.

Last year alone, more than 1,700 people were diagnosed with the disease here in Kern County — and to prevent the disease, doctors say education is key.

Valley Fever is caused by a fungus heavily found in the soil through out the San Joaquin Valley. At any give time, Kern County residents have a one to three percent chance of contracting the disease. 

While thousands of people are diagnosed with Valley Fever ever year, doctors say there's still many who don't even know they have it.

Flu-like symptoms are the first sign of getting tested for Valley Fever and early detection is the best way of fully recovering from the disease. 

A Valley Fever walk was held Saturday, August 9 at the Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum at 8:00 a.m. Health checks were provided. 

All the money raised will go toward benefiting new vaccinations and medicines that show promise to curing the disease. 

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