Valley fever funding included in California budget deal

FILE - The Kern County Public Health Services Department on Monday, April 9, 2018, displays signs showing valley fever activity in Kern County, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Funding for valley fever outreach and research is included in the state budget compromise that will be considered this week by the state Senate and Assembly.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders released a $139 billion budget compromise last week, and local lawmakers say the valley fever funding made the cut.

Three Bakersfield lawmakers – Assemblymen Rudy Salas and Vince Fong and state Sen. Jean Fuller – pushed for the funding.

The Budget Conference Committee gave approval to the $8 million in funding, according to Salas.

The money breaks down as follows:

  • $2 million for outreach and awareness at the California Department of Public Health
  • $3 million for research at the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical through CDPH
  • $3 million for research directly to the University of California

"This is great news in the fight against Valley Fever,” Fuller said in a news release from her office. “It is the culmination of years of work to raise awareness of this devastating disease and to prioritize the resources that are so badly needed for research and treatment. Kern Medical is a leader in this fight and this investment will help expand their research for better treatments, and ultimately a cure."

Both houses of the Legislature must pass the budget by Friday, sending it to Brown’s desk for signature.

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