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.

“If you have a fever and you have a cough and you live in Bakersfield,” he said, “you should get a valley fever test.”

Simple, right? It seemed like a common sense formula, but it raised questions about whether health care providers really operate that way. And about how valuable the tests are in detecting valley fever in a patient.

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