Schweikert introduces Valley Fever Task Force

valley feverArizona congressman David Schweikert and California congressman Kevin McCarthy introduced the Valley Fever Task Force in the House of Representatives last week. The goal of the task force is to take legislative action on Valley Fever issues.

The representatives hope it will initiate a dialogue between Congress and the medical and scientific fields as well as host field hearings throughout the southwest later this year.

The task force will also work with community organizations to educate the public on the disease and seek new advancements in prevention and treatment with the ultimate goal of finding a cure for Valley Fever in the next decade.

Schweikert said he was “hopeful that this working group will bring awareness, reduce the risk of misdiagnoses, and bring about a cure within the decade.” “Many, if not all of us, know a family member, friend, neighbor, or co-worker that has been affected by Valley Fever and our fight against this disease continues. I am honored to join with Congressman Schweikert as we work together with our communities’ to raise awareness and eradicate this disease,” said Rep. McCarthy.

Joining Reps. Schweikert and McCarthy on the Valley Task force are:

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA)
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA)
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA)
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA)
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ)
Rep. Kevin Calvert (R-CA)

7 Comments

  1. to be morally bankrupt or infested with fungi.. that is the question! we all get it – most don’t notice it – it just comes and goes – indeed there are some bad cases that do tremendous harm to the ‘victim’ effecting lung and bone – brain and brawn – it can be nasty – but most of the time its not.

    • You don’t have the foggiest idea how valley fever impacts our healthcare system, tourism industry and quality of life. Not only do visitors–some from as far away as Australia–contract it, but horses, dogs, cats, zoo animals (big apes) and others. The amount of money spent on veterinary care is exorbitant because we have nothing that cures this disease. The best fluconazole and other antifungals can do is put the disease in remission. Some people cope with chronic systems the rest of their life–too exhausted to work, complications that lead to other immune disorders such as diabetes and kidney disease. The state has successfully brainwashed most of the population to believe that valley fever is no more than a cold or pneumonia at its worst. The reason? $$$ They are afraid of law suits because they put people in harm’s way; loss of athletic teams (golfers, ball players get sick). There may be an element of racial bias to the neglect since African Americans, Filipinos and Hispanics are all at higher rate than Caucasians. Misdiagnosis has caused many people to lose part of their lungs since doctors will think the person has cancer instead of valley fever. Wake up and smell the stench! Your great state of Arizona is pulling the wool over your eyes so they can pocket money from tourism. Valley Fever is Arizona’s best-kept secret!

  2. I’ve not seen any increase in Coccidioidomycosis cases over the past decade, with or without boobs of name – so why the sudden need to ‘meet’ perhaps the feel good topic of the day… oh we can do this.. and we’ll look great doing it! its elections coming – create crisis…

  3. the solution is obvious – D-9 the entire desert and put up a parking lot – problem solved.

  4. I congratulate the members of this new Congressional committee for their commitment to ending the scourge of valley fever. This is well overdue. I know that as executive director of Arizona Victims of Valley Fever, I will do everything in my power to support their effort. And as for those people commenting on the need to focus on other health issues, a regional disease–unlike a national problem such as breast cancer and Alzheimers–requires a regional effort. Arizona and California expose millions of people each year to a potentially devastating illness with its economic reliance on tourism and solicitation of new business startups to these two areas. It’s high time that the CDC and Southwestern state legislatures unite both morally and financially to find a cure/vaccine. Otherwise, they risk being considered morally bankrupt and concerned only with the almighty dollar.

  5. Now they are going to pass laws for soil fungus. Sort of an “Arizona CDC” group to raise awareness for a well known illness in the state. What else do these legislators have to do anyway but to start their own little state health department that only has to consider one type of fungus/illness. It’s not like they need to focus on other issues.

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