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ASSEMBLY BILL 203-A PROTECTION AGAINST VALLEY FEVER


Assembly Bill 203-a protection against Valley Fever

 Valley Fever cases continue to rise in California, and as a result a recent law was passed in the hopes to protect construction workers.   Assembly Bill 203, which because a law in October 2019, requires construction employers in certain counties to provide prevention training and Valley Fever awareness classes.

Training should contain:

·       Risk factors

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What is the fungus among us?

                                                    

There IS a Fungus Among Us

 

Terry Noland released the song “There Was a Fungus Among Us” in the 1950’s, but the title “There IS a Fungus Among Us” might be more...

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Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly


Valley Fever is not the flu, and mistaking it as such can be deadly

Coccidioides is the fungus that lives in loamy soils throughout California.  When this soil is disturbed by wind, agricultural and construction work, large equipment or digging, the fungus is released into the air, and when inhaled, causes Valley Fever. Valley Fever symptoms include fever, cough, headaches and chills.  Because these symptoms resemble illnesses such as the common cold and flu, it is often...

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Valley Fever is not just a summer thing


Valley Fever is not just a summer thing

Valley Fever used to be more common in hot, dry summer months in Kern, Fresno, Tulare, Merced, San Luis Obispo, Kings, Monterey and Madera counties.  Now, due to drought conditions that keep the soil warm and dry, Valley Fever occurs year-round.

 

There are some things that can be done all year to keep employees safe.

-        Limit exposure to outdoor dust.

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Valley Fever cases in California are on the rise

                                                

Valley Fever cases in California are on the rise

 

Over the last three years Valley Fever has been increasing in California.  In 2017 there was an all-time high of 8,203 Valley Fever cases...

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