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New Valley Fever Run In Taft Brings Disease Awareness To Rural Kern County

Preliminary state data suggest nearly 8,700 Californians were diagnosed with valley fever in 2019, which would be a record high. The state’s highest case rate is consistently reported in Kern County where, this past weekend, one rural town held its first race to raise disease awareness. Around 50 or so people participated in a 5K run and 2K walk at Taft’s West Side Recreation and Park District on Saturday . Although turnout was relatively small compared to the hundreds who show up each summer for a valley fever walk in north Bakersfield, Evan Lanuza is optimistic the race can grow larger every year. He’s the Director of the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical, which sponsored last weekend’s event. “Taft and a lot of rural communities don’t have the resources that cities do, so for us to come out and reach out to the community, provide resources and education whenever we can, is hugely important,” Lanuza said. One of the runners was Bella Garcia, a high school junior from Taft who

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