Unless you have already had Valley Fever, you are at risk of getting this disease by living, working, playing, or passing through an area where the fungus is growing.  For all residents of Kern County, it has been estimated that you have a 1% – 3% chance per year of acquiring Valley Fever.

Many factors such as region of the county that you live or work in matters, risk changes by month, leisure or work activity near undeveloped land, and weather conditions (temperature, wind and rain) all can influence the risk of acquiring Valley Fever.

Factors which increase the chance of catching Valley Fever include:

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