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State Assembly unanimously approves Rudy Salas' bill to improve valley fever reporting

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The state Assembly unanimously approved a bill that would bolster reporting requirements for valley fever, the insidious respiratory disease endemic to Kern County that has historically been underreported throughout the nation.

The bill, AB 1279, authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, would create a workgroup of local health officers from counties impacted the most by valley fever to find ways to streamline the way the disease is reported to the state public health department and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

​Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter @RoldyPierce

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