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Congressman McCarthy Launches Congressional Valley Fever Task Force

Jul 24, 2013
Press Release

This week, Congressman McCarthy launched the bipartisan Congressional Valley Fever Task Force in his effort to bring awareness to the fight against this disease. Joining McCarthy:

Rep. David Schweikert (R - AZ) – Co-Chair
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)
Rep. Joe Barton (R – TX)

The Task Force’s goal is to share information with stakeholders in the medical and scientific fields to foster new advancements in prevention and treatment as well as work with community organizations to help educate individuals on the disease.

“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,” said McCarthy. “I am honored that my colleagues in Congress are joining our community’s growing effort to raise awareness and eradicate this disease.”

Co-chairing this effort is Congressman David Schweikert who issued this statement:

"This task force is a much needed step toward raising awareness for this terrible disease and someday soon finding a cure. Valley Fever has silently affected entire communities in the southwest including our family, friends, and even beloved pets. I am hopeful that this working group will bring awareness, reduce the risk of misdiagnoses, and bring about a cure within the decade.”

Helping our effort is Congressman David Valadao who issued the following statement:

“I am proud to join this bipartisan group in the House to address an important issue to my constituents. I look forward to working with members of this caucus to educate the public about this terrible disease and advocate for those most affected by it.”