What is Valley Fever? Valley Fever (also called coccidioidomycosis or "cocci") is a disease caused by a fungus that grows in the soil and dirt in some areas of California and the southwestern United States. People and animals can get sick when they breathe in dust that contains the Valley Fever fungus. This fungus usually infects the lungs and can cause respiratory symptoms including cough, fever, chest pain, and tiredness.

Kern County Sheriff, Donny Youngblood joined Kern County Public Health to create a public service announcement about his family’s experience with Valley Fever and to help provide education and awareness to our community.

“Learn more about Valley Fever - Do it for yourself and do it for your family.”

-Sheriff Donny Youngblood