Annual walk raises money to fight Valley Fever

Posted at 10:51 AM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 13:51:40-04

The 5th Annual Walk for Valley Fever took place on Saturday, with all proceeds going to treatment and research of the disease.

Survivors and supporters alike came out in force to Kern Pioneer Village at the Kern County Museum. The event, which included drinks, snacks and games, went from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Kern Public Health estimates that residents of Kern County have a 1% to 3% chance of acquiring Valley Fever per year. The fungus can be found in the soil in parts of the southwest region of the United States.

Over 1,000 people in Kern County had the illness in 2015, according to Kern Public Health. The disease can be fatal in severe cases.

Saturday's event was hosted by the Valley Fever Americas Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, the disease and to donate, head to their Facebook page and their website.