NewsCovering Kern County


Reported Valley Fever cases throughout California on the rise this year

Posted at 3:58 PM, Nov 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-14 18:58:52-05

The number of reported Valley Fever cases throughout the state are on the rise this year, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday. 

There was an increase in the number of reported cases through Oct. 31, 2017 compared to the same time period in 2016, the CDPH said. 

So far this year, 5,121 provisional cases have been reported in California. That's up by 1,294 cases from the same period last year with 3,827 cases.

RELATED: Valley Fever cases spiked statewide last year

The number of Valley Fever cases varies each year and season, according to the CDPH. There can be more cases in the late summer and fall seasons. 

RELATED: Sheriff Youngblood shares personal Valley Fever experience

The CDPH said the number of provisional cases provides an early indication of potential risk of Valley Fever that season. In the end, the total number of reported cases will usually be lower than that. 

RELATED: How to protect yourself from Valley Fever during high winds, blowing dust

It is unknown why there has been an apparent increase in cases in California this year, according to the CDPH.

RELATED: Local advocates push for Valley Fever bill to pass

RELATED: Public Health launches Valley Fever Awareness Campaign