Valley Fever

Feds Recommend California Test Prison Inmates For Valley FeverFederal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.
Potentially Lethal Valley Fever Rate Doubles In CaliforniaA new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the annual rate of hospitalizations for valley fever, a potentially lethal but often misdiagnosed disease, has doubled over the past 12 years in California.
California To Comply With Court Order To Move Thousands Out of Central Valley PrisonsCalifornia corrections officials say they'll comply with a federal court order to move thousands of inmates out of two Central Valley prisons where an airborne fungus has led to widespread illnesses.
Calif. Prison Chief Says Judge's Order Could Lead To Racial ConflictsThe head of California's prison system said Tuesday a court order to evacuate thousands of inmates from two Central Valley lockups hit hard by an infectious disease could lead to racial conflicts elsewhere.
SF Judge Considers Moving California Prisoners Over Valley FeverAn attorney representing inmates at two California state prisons told a federal judge on Monday that an airborne fungus occurring in the San Joaquin Valley presents the deadly threat of valley fever and that thousands should be transferred immediately.
Valley Fever Hits Thousands In Parched Central ValleyCalifornia and federal public health officials say valley fever, a potentially lethal disease, has been on the rise as warming climates and drought have kicked up the dust that spreads it.
Vulnerable Inmates Ordered Out Of 2 California Prisons Over Disease OutbreakValley fever is spreading so quickly through two Central California prisons that a medical expert is recommending the state act quickly to stem the outbreak or shut the institutions down.
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