Valley fever may hit record numbers this year
November 14, 2017
• More than 5,000 cases reported
• Kern County leads the state
The number of Valley fever cases is expected to hit a record this year, with 5.017 cases as of October 31, the California Department of Public Health says.
Kern County leads the state in the number of reported cases with 1,855 as of the end of last month. Of the state’s 58 counties, there area Valley fever cases found in 48.
Central Valley Counties and the number of reported cases:
• Kern, 1,855
• Butte, 2
• Fresno, 558
• Kings, 250
• Madera, 42
• Merced, 84
• Sacramento, 43
• San Joaquin, 118
• Stanislaus, 85
• Tulare, 347
• Yolo, 8
• Yuba, 2
“It is important that people living, working and travelling in California are aware of its symptoms, especially in the southern San Joaquin Valley and the Central Coast, where it is most common,” says Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer.
Valley fever is thought to be caused by the inhalation of the spores of a fungus called “coccidioidomycosis.” Its symptoms can include tiredness, fever, coughing, rashes, headache and muscle and joint pain. For most people, the symptoms are mild but in rare cases, the illness can lead to death.