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State officials: Valley Fever cases remain high in California counties, including Kern

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 19:57:25-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Health officials said they've seen over 7,000 likely cases of Valley Fever this season.

According to the California Department of Public Health, as of November 19, over 7,000 likely cases have been reported with most reports being in Central Valley and Central Coast regions of California, including Kern, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Fresno, Tulare, Monterey, and Merced counties.

"People who live, work, or travel in areas where Valley fever is common are at higher risk of getting infected, especially if they work outdoors or participate in activities where soil is disturbed," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director. "If you have symptoms that include cough, fever, or difficulty breathing for more than a week, we encourage you to talk to a healthcare provider."

Health officials said Valley Fever, also known as coccidioidomycosis, or "cocci", is caused by breathing in the spores of a fungus that grows in the soil and dirt in certain areas of California.

For more information on Valley Fever, click here.