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Governor Brown Signs Two Valley Fever Bills Into Law

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Kern County Assemblymember Rudy Salas introduced a package of four bills related to valley fever in January of 2018.

Governor Brown has signed into law two bills related to the disease valley fever, both written by Kern County Assemblymember Rudy Salas.

The laws both aim to streamline the disease’s reporting guidelines, which until now have been inconsistent over time and among health agencies throughout the state.

One of the laws institutes a reporting deadline for the state public health department to collect data on cases. The other allows cases to be confirmed using blood tests only, without the need for a clinical diagnosis.

The two laws were part of a package of four bills introduced by Assemblymember Salas earlier this year. Although one of the other two bills stalled in May, the fourth, which would bolster physician training related to the disease, is likely to also make it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk by the end of the state legislative session on Friday.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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