Valley Fever now easier to diagnose

FRESNO, Calif. - Doctors say they have made a breakthrough in how to diagnose and treat a disease that affects thousands of people in the Central Valley.

Researchers at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno said they have developed a DNA test that can identify Valley Fever in as few as 5 hours.

The current blood test takes more than 2 weeks to diagnose the disease.

Doctors say they can treat patients almost immediately and that early detection can help keep symptoms in check.

More than 4,000 cases of Valley Fever were reported in 2012, with more than two-thirds found in Kern and Merced counties.

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