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Valley Fever info for Kern County

Kern County Public Health Services Dept. Michelle Corson– 

 Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, is an illness caused by a fungus that lives in the soil and dirt. People and animals can get exposed by breathing in spores of the fungus. The spores are small and not visible to the naked eye. About 60% of infected people will not develop symptoms. 

 People who do develop symptoms can have fever, cough, chest pain, muscle or joint aches, tiredness, headaches, weight loss and rash. In severe infections, the fungus can infect the brain, joints, bone, skin, or other organs. In rare cases, infection can lead to death. 

 Most people who get Valley Fever fully recover and do not get this disease again; however, those with severe infections may need medication for several months. Valley Fever cannot be spread from one person to another or from animals to people.

For more information contact Michelle Corson at Kern County Public Health (661) 868-0288