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Jun 11, 2014 Press Release
Washington, DC - Chairman of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Co-Chairman, Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06) released the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to include the Coccidioides species, known to cause what is commonly referred to as Valley Fever, on a list of Qualifying Pathogens it developed as required by the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) provisions of Public Law 112-144:
Mar 24, 2014 Press Release
Scottsdale, Ariz., March 24, 2014-- Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ), Co-founder of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, is hosting a Valley Fever Open House this April.
Jul 24, 2013 Press Release

This week, Congressman McCarthy launched the bipartisan Congressional Valley Fever Task Force in his effort to bring awareness to the fight against this disease. Joining McCarthy:

Jul 24, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the Valley Fever Task Force in the House of Representatives. The task force, with the goal of taking legislative action on Valley Fever issues, will initiate a dialogue between Congress and the medical and scientific fields as well as host field hearings throughout the southwest later this year.

In The News

Jul 17, 2017 In The News
Viamet Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to VT-1598, a novel oral agent for the treatment of coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever.
Jun 15, 2017 In The News
Valley Fever is a disease you can catch from the dust in the air. Many cases are mild but some can be so severe they attack skin and bone and threaten your life.
Jun 6, 2017 In The News
During a press conference on April 12, 2017, Public Health reported the number of confirmed cases as 1,905. In an ongoing effort to keep the community informed of the rise in Valley Fever cases, Public Health has now confirmed 2,310 human cases of Valley Fever in Kern County residents during 2016, including 6 fatalities.
May 10, 2017 In The News
People living in the American Southwest have experienced a dramatic increase in windblown dust storms in the last two decades, likely driven by large-scale changes in sea surface temperature in the Pacific Ocean drying the region’s soil, according to new NOAA-led research.
Mar 8, 2017 In The News
In 2011, Renee Lascaux went to her doctor’s office in Tracy with a fever, cough and headache. Her doctor took an X-ray, said it was pneumonia and sent her home with antibiotics. Within a week, she was in an emergency room with worsening symptoms.
Feb 18, 2017 In The News
A Phoenix-based laboratory is capturing detailed images of the fungus that causes valley fever, hoping to better understand how it works.
Feb 5, 2017 In The News
Randy Ford had never heard of valley fever when he moved to Tucson from Salinas, Calif., with his dog, a reddish brown vizsla named Tyler. “A few days before Tyler died he was raising hell – chasing toys in the pool. Then all of a sudden he quit eating, and he’d stand outside his doggie door and shake like it was cold,” Ford said.
Feb 1, 2017 In The News
Researchers at UC Merced are playing key roles in the new UC Valley Fever Research Initiative, studying how the Valley fever fungus, Coccidioides immitis, causes disease in its mammalian hosts, and identifying the genes involved in this process.
Nov 2, 2016 In The News
Congressional leaders from Arizona and California joined researchers from the University of Arizona and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix to discuss progress in the search for a cure to Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis).
Oct 13, 2016 In The News
A major announcement today regarding a deadly disease prominent in Kern County. Kern Medical is starting a year-long clinical trial studying valley fever in hopes to better treat patients.