Kern Medical hosts Valley Fever forum

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Valley Fever continues to be a problem in Kern County as doctors are still trying to nail down a vaccine. 

On Thursday, Kern Medical held a question and answer session with experts on the disease. 

The director of Kern Medical’s Valley Fever Institute says Kern County is one of the two most impacted areas in the US for the disease. That’s why it’s crucial that scientists come up with a vaccine, according to doctors. 

Currently, doctors say they are developing a vaccine for dogs that could be effective for humans, but it’s still a long ways from being tested.

“We’ve made significant progress, but Dr. Heidari and I each had a patient die of this disease last month, so we’re clearly not where we want to be,” Dr. Royce Johnson, Director of Valley Fever Institute said.

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