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                                    THIRD READING


          Bill No:  SCR 7
          Author:   Fuller (R)
          Introduced:1/13/15  
          Vote:     21 

           SUBJECT:   Valley Fever Awareness Month


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This resolution declares August 2015 as Valley Fever  
          Awareness Month.


          ANALYSIS:   This resolution makes the following legislative  
          findings:


          1)Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis), a progressive,  
            multisymptom, respiratory disorder, is a debilitating disease.  
             Valley Fever attacks the respiratory system, causing  
            infections that can lead to symptoms that resemble a cold,  
            influenza, or pneumonia.

          2)Researchers estimate that the fungus infects more than 150,000  
            people each year who either suffer serious ailments without  
            knowing the cause of their illness or escape detection of the  
            disease.  

          3)Within California alone, Valley Fever is found in portions of  
            the Sacramento Valley, all of the San Joaquin Valley, desert  
            regions, and portions of southern California.

          4)California does not have an official statewide method of  








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            tracking the rate of Valley Fever infections.  However, in the  
            last 10 years, infection rates in California and Arizona have  
            risen 400%, from an estimated 31 cases for every 100,000  
            people in 1999 to 157 cases for every 100,000 people in 2011.

          5)Dry conditions and lack of precipitation present urgent  
            problems regarding Valley Fever; and Valley Fever is caused by  
            the inhalation of tiny airborne fungi that live in the soil  
            but are released into the air by soil disturbance or wind.

          6)There is no known cure for Valley Fever, but researchers are  
            closer than ever to finding a much-needed vaccine against this  
            devastating disease.  The research effort to find a vaccine  
            for Valley Fever and a funding partnership including the State  
            of California were approved by the Legislature and signed by  
            Governor Wilson in 1997.

          This resolution declares August 2015 as Valley Fever Awareness  
          Month.

          Prior Legislation.  SCR 91 (Fuller, Resolution Chapter 115,  
          Statutes of 2014) declared August 2014 as Valley Fever Awareness  
          Month.

          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified6/10/15)


          None received


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified6/10/15)


          None received



          Prepared by:Karen Chow / SFA / (916) 651-1520








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