BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's a danger all of us face here in Kern County. Valley Fever, a fungal lung infection that can dramatically alter your life.
Experts are sounding the alarm today as they predict a valley fever epidemic this year.
Valley Fever continues to take its toll on thousands of people across Kern County every year, but the Valley Fever Americas Foundation is trying to tackle the issue by raising awareness, hoping to find a cure.
It can hit anyone at anytime, affecting thousands across the county every year.
Rob Purdie was diagnosed with Valley Fever in 2012. It all started when he noticed he was having headaches and other flu-like symptoms. That's when Purdie realized a big problem, Valley Fever was not an issue in other areas of the nation.
And with the increasing number of people testing positive for Valley Fever, Purdie is pairing up with local doctors, bringing awareness to the devastating infection.
If you've had Valley Fever, the VFAF is asking you to drop by Dagny's Cafe from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or at Johns Incredible Pizza from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. to pick up a t-shirt for $20 to spread awareness.
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