State public health officials suspect cases of valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, have increased so far this year by at least 34 percent statewide — which could make it the worst year for valley fever in the disease’s recorded history, according to new da…

Vowing to “set the record straight” amid mixed messages from Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, healthcare leaders from Covered California, the state’s insurance marketplace, are stopping Saturday in Bakersfield as part of a statewide tour encouraging people sign up as e…

Somebody contracts a new sexually transmitted disease in Kern County every hour, among the highest disease incidence rates in California – even as state figures reach record highs, according to new figures released Tuesday by the California Department of Public Health.

The state Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Friday that would bring enhanced reporting guidelines and mandate public outreach for valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, announced Friday in a press release.

Kicking off Valley Fever Awareness Month in Kern County, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., launched the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force website Tuesday.