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Suffering, Misdiagnosis and Pain: Community members share valley fever stories

Suffering, Misdiagnosis and Pain: Community members share valley fever stories

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Suffering, Misdiagnosis and Pain: Community members share valley fever stories

We asked community members how valley fever affected them and their loved ones. Click on each image in the photo collage below to read the stories they shared. 

Suffering, Misdiagnosis and Pain: Community members share their valley fever stories
Thursday, February 7, 2013

About This Series

This project results from an innovative reporting venture – the Center for Health Journalism Collaborative – which currently involves the Bakersfield Californian, Radio Bilingüe in Fresno, Valley Public Radio in Fresno and Bakersfield, Vida en el Valle in Fresno, Hanford Sentinel, the Voice of OC in Santa Ana, the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson, La Estrella de Tucsón and the Center for Health Journalism. The collaborative is an initiative of the Center for Health Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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