Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy and Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the FDA hold public workshops to help with the development of Valley Fever drugs and vaccines.
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Led by U.S. Rep. and honorary chairman Kevin McCarthy, Bakersfield College was host to the first annual Kern County Agriculture Summit that took place in the Gil Bishop Gymnasium Oct.
It's been a good year for the fight against valley fever. In July, the FDA approved a new skin test from San Diego-based Nielsen BioSciences Inc. called Spherusol. Previous skin tests fell out of favor because of a high number of false positives, but Spherusol -- which will roll out in phases starting this year -- has been shown to be more reliable.