Kern County officials taking valley fever warnings to billboards

Designs for valley fever billboards are seen April 12, 2017, at the Kern County Public Health Services Department in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Kern County Public Health Services Department unveiled designs Wednesday for billboards that warn of the danger of valley fever.

The county reports 1,905 cases of valley fever here last year. Symptoms are described as flu-like: cough, fever, headache, chills and fatigue, among others.

Half of infected people get no symptoms or very mild symptoms, but valley fever can be deadly in extreme cases.

Valley fever spores are in the soil and infect people who breathe them in, often during times of blowing dust.

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