Did you know? Pets can get Valley Fever too! In fact, any animal that breaths air and is not a bird can contract Valley Fever just as humans do. Cocci has been found in animals ranging from armadillos and aardvarks to fur seals and zebras! Thanks to the San Luis Obispo Tribune for spreading the word with this informative article. Valley Fever awareness can save pets lives, too!
WWII Era Military Research on Valley Fever still benefiting Public Health today
Interesting article from Kern Valley Public Radio regarding WWII era research on military bases in San Joaquin Valley, quoting our foundation’s former Executive Director (and Bakersfield’s “unofficial Valley Fever historian”), Sandra Larson!
Only 7 hours left to purchase a hoodie, tee, tank, v-neck, or baseball tee to help us #ConquerCocci!
Wearing the symptoms on your back means constant opportunities to spread Valley Fever awareness everywhere you go— in line at the grocery store, at school, or with friends and family!
Facebook and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are MATCHING all donations made today to any nonprofit organization, up to $50,000!
November 28 is #GivingTuesday, a national day of generosity and charitable giving. This is a day when you, our supporters, can make a direct impact through the Valley Fever Americas Foundation by supporting our ongoing effort to #ConquerCocci through raising awareness and funds to support the development of a potential VACCINE and hopefully CURE for this terrible disease.
This year, our organization has a very specific goal in mind for Giving Tuesday.
A potential Valley Fever CURE called NikkomycinZ is being developed, which has already proven capable of eradicating the Cocci spores from mice infected with Valley Fever.
There is presently no vaccine OR cure for Valley Fever, and current forms of treatment often present severe and sometimes unbearable side effects, meaning that many mild to mid-mild cases of Valley Fever cannot be effectively treated. State data predicts that 2017 could be the worst year of Valley Fever in decades, with over 5,000 cases diagnosed by October of this year.
Only money is standing in the way of getting NikZ to the point where it can be tested in humans. If our community can join forces this Tuesday in raising the remaining $200,000 needed to carry out human trials, we would be one major step closer to finding a CURE for Valley Fever and saving countless lives across Kern County and all other endemic areas.
So, how can you take part? Here are a few simple suggestions for anyone interested in joining us tomorrow for #GivingTuesday:
- Consider making a monetary donation to help fund NikZ trials and development
- Share this fundraiser with anyone in our community affected by Valley Fever who might in interested in joining forces with VFAF to #ConquerCocci
- Help us get the word out on social media using @ValleyFeverVFAF (Twitter) and @valleyfeveramericas (Instagram) and the hashtag #GivingTuesday
- Share your Valley Fever Story with our Facebook community or on our website
- Take some time today to inform yourself and others of the symptoms of Valley Fever
- Use this day to do something kind for another person
Thank you for being a part of this work! With your support, we can continue to push forward on our mission to wipe out Valley Fever and #ConquerCocci.
Please join us by participating in our newest fundraising campaign by purchasing a Valley Fever awareness hoodie. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to research or to raising awareness of the impact the disease can have on our lives.
“We welcome your assistance in lessening the impact of this horrible disease by the purchase of a hoodie and wearing it where people can see and learn the symptoms shown on the back. Thank you for caring and best wishes to all who are fighting this disease.”
Though Valley Fever is commonly understood to be a dry-weather phenomenon, more cases are diagnosed August-December than any other time of year. This is partially because Valley Fever can take weeks to show symptoms and be properly diagnosed.
Data and charts courtesy of Kern County Public Health Services Department. For more information, visit www.kerncountyvalleyfever.com