Valley Fever Walk is this Saturday

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) – The seventh annual Valley Fever Walk is this Saturday.

Kern Medical, which runs the Valley Fever Institute, says it has partnered with the Valley Fever of Americas Foundation to support the walk, set for 7-9 a.m. at the Kern County Museum.

Medical experts and survivors will be at the walk, according to Kern Medical.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduced a valley fever bill last month, meant to advance sustained efforts to combat the disease.

The Kern County Public Health Services Department earlier this year said valley fever cases have increased locally for four straight years.

Valley fever can affect both people and animals and is caused by a fungus in the soil. Infections are caused by breathing in spores from the fungus. Most people don't develop symptoms, similar to the cold or flu, but people can die from valley fever complications.

There isn’t a vaccine or cure, and existing treatments vary in effectiveness.

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