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The Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical Receives Donation

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical was presented with a generous donation of $100,000 made by Kern Health Systems. These funds will go towards Valley Fever patient care, research and education in efforts to bring awareness about Valley Fever to our community and healthcare professionals.

Valley Fever is a fungus that lives in the dirt and is prevalent in the Southwest regions, particularly in Kern County. This fungus, also known as Cocci, becomes airborne when dirt is disturbed by wind and can be inhaled into the lungs. The cold and flu like symptoms range from mild to severe and may be life-threatening. Early diagnosis is key to avoid delays in treatment.

The Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical is dedicated to providing treatment and undergoing research to find a cure for the disease. Bringing awareness to the community will help increase the chances we have of being able to fight this illness and improve the lives of those affected. This donation will greatly help our research efforts and bolster efforts to raise awareness surrounding this incredibly important issue.

To learn more about The Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical and about Valley Fever in Kern County, please visit


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