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Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical

Kern Medical has treated Valley Fever and been involved with research for more than 40 years. Local experts are currently participating in a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Their goal is to more swiftly identify the illness and provide proper treatment to local patients but also to apply research that can have a global impact. 

The work of these local experts would not be possible without state appropriations. This past July, the Valley Fever Institute received $2 million in earmarked funds to further related work that benefits Kern County but also the greater medical community. A new therapy center will open on-site later this year. For more information, visit

"We are grateful to Assembly Member Rudy Salas for authoring this legislation and bringing critical funding to Kern County - where it is needed the most. As Medical Director for the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical, I am honored to lead our clinical team as we continue our mission to increase education and awareness for the public, patients, and health care providers, provide the best patient care available, and promote research that includes epidemiology, clinical drug development, prevention, immunology, and immunizations. The $2 million in funding will directly help the patients we care for every day at the Valley Fever Institute."

Royce Johnson, M.D., Medical Director of the Kern Medical Valley Fever Institute and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Kern Medical
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