First responders are never truly ready for what could happen any given day, and no one knows that better than Jeff Fariss, who was in the field for 30 years.
The second annual Valley Fever Symposium hosted by MEChA de Bakersfield College is taking place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday located on campus in room FA-30.
Construction companies in Kern and certain other counties will be required to train their employees about valley fever risks and symptoms under a new law authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, and signed late last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The third case of vaping-associated pulmonary injury requiring hospitalization has been confirmed in Kern County Thursday, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Clinica Sierra Vista’s former longtime chief financial officer has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging the health-care organization and its embattled chief executive fired her in April because he wanted someone younger in the position.
Anyone who spent time near Ridgecrest during July's earthquakes and is experiencing flu-like symptoms — cough, fever, even rash and extreme fatigue — might want to get tested for valley fever.
Decades can pass before cancer from asbestos exposure becomes evident, and by that time, who's to say exactly who or what is to blame?
A local committee's efforts to improve air quality in Shafter by spending some $40 million in state money have run up against a familiar ideological divide pitting environmental activism against the interests of Kern County industry.
It's time to chill out, Bakersfield, because you have been named the sixth most stressed out city in the United States, according to a Babylon Health study.
Many fundamental questions about valley fever remain a mystery, but if a new study by the Kern County Public Health Services Department is successful, one may soon have an answer.
During the third trimester of her pregnancy, Ashley Villegas could put a name on what was making her feel miserable, more than just the usual pains that come with pregnancy.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Cal State Bakersfield has received a $2.8 million grant to increase health care providers in underserved and rural parts of the Central Valley.
There are several factors that impact one's overall health — environment, exercise, eating right, health services — but one that many might not consider is in the palm of their hands.
When Rosie Gonzalez's son, Michael, was 3 weeks old, he was experiencing kidney problems, which was later diagnosed as urosepsis. It is a parent's worst nightmare to see their child in the hospital, but the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House was there to help.
A person diagnosed with measles stayed in Kern County while infectious during the Fourth of July holiday, according to the Kern County Public Health Services Department.
Mental health professionals with Kaiser Permanente have called off a statewide strike that was supposed to begin this week urging the health care provider to address concerns over access of care.
There was plenty to celebrate Wednesday at Virginia Avenue Elementary School as the school district rescued more than 25,000 pounds of food for Kern County's Waste Hunger Not Food program.
Following a press conference held last month on the topic of valley fever, Russell Judd, the CEO of Kern Medical, said something about the disease that struck a chord for many who live in the southern valley.
Valley fever, the often harmless, yet sometimes deadly respiratory disease endemic to Kern County, killed six people and infected nearly 3,000 in Kern County last year, the highest number of diagnosed cases since 1992, local public health officials announced Wednesday.
As spring break winds to a close, Kern County public health officials are hoping that a recent measles outbreak doesn't find its way back the county along with families returning from travels to other parts of the state or country, or even abroad.
Steve Horton asked the more than 50 people gathered in the Pacific Health Education Center’s presentation room to raise their hands if they had a family member experiencing some type of mental challenges.
Jasmeet Bains was working at her father’s car dealership in Taft, selling cars and doing accounting work, when the stock market crash in 2008 forced her to come to a few realizations.
In a continuing trend of local health-care consolidation, Kern Radiology Medical Group Inc. has been purchased by a Los Angeles outpatient medical imaging company touted as the largest company of its kind in the country.
When Jennine Ochoa became pregnant at the end of 2017, she didn’t know what to expect. At 42, she’d waited longer than most women to start a family. But she said her first five months were easy. “I had no morning sickness, nothing,” she said. “It was completely uneventful until May.”
After years of delays, local military veterans and their families learned Tuesday the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic on Westwind Drive in Bakersfield will be replaced with a new $40 million, state-of-the-art facility.
Recent water tests at Isabella Lake suggests toxicity from blue-green algae poses much less of a public health threat than it did in early summer. But for local residents and business owners, the issue remains a point of contention.
Community Action Partnership of Kern has teamed up with The Wonderful Company and The Kern County Fair to bring fresh, healthy, free food to those who need it most.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults have hypertension, but only about half (47 percent) of those have it under control.
When it comes to eliminating poverty in Kern County — a seemingly insurmountable task given its pervasiveness — the entire community must get involved, a national expert told hundreds of local school employees, social workers, mental health providers and other caregivers Thursday.
Kern County Public Health officials shut down three massage parlors Monday evening after taking part in a multi-agency sting operation that uncovered suspected prostitution, health officials said.
Paige Atkison was trying to get better. During what would have been her junior year at Independence High School, she was trying to study for tests and navigate the obstacles high school is chock-full of, while battling something bigger: an eating disorder coming for her life.
Despite opposition from health officers, the State Assembly unanimously passed two bills Thursday authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, that could streamline and standardize case reporting of valley fever, a respiratory disease endemic to Kern County and the southwestern United States.
Valley fever, an insidious respiratory disease endemic to the region, killed nine people and infected 2,929 in Kern County in 2017, making it the second worst year for the disease since the county began recording cases in 1992, local public health officials announced Monday.
FRESNO — Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board members voted Thursday to require an oil wastewater dump site operator in McKittrick suspected of polluting nearby groundwater to install a network of wells monitoring contamination. That falls short of environmentalists’ demands f…
Facing pushback from the medical community, Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, withdrew a bill late last month that would have required doctors to order specific types of lab tests when they suspect valley fever, a respiratory disease found throughout the southwestern United States.
When Sarah Baron tells her students at Bakersfield College about the poor health outcomes in Kern County, their eyes glaze over.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Kern County toward the bottom of the state when it comes to health outcomes, but one local health economist says that those rankings are inflated and that the county actually falls in the middle of the pack.
After serving the county for almost 30 years, Kern County Public Health Officer Dr. Claudia Jonah — who helped oversee the department during a measles outbreak, a West Nile Virus epidemic and other health scares — will retire at the end of this month.
More than 15,000 Dignity Health workers in California signed a five-year contract with their employer this month that included 13 percent raises over five years, ending speculation from employees that the merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives would lead to diminished …