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Valley fever killed nine, infected more than 2,900 in Kern County in 2017

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.

Public Health officials said they could not release the ages or areas of residence for those who died, citing patient privacy laws.

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