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McCarthy submits letter in support of Valley Fever research

OW Staff Writer | 9/18/2020, midnight

This week, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) and Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06), co-chairs of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, led a letter to National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, in support of the NIH’s proposed and continued efforts to better research Coccidioidomycosis, more commonly known as Valley Fever. 

Excerpts of the letter are below:

“With the number of Valley Fever cases continuing to increase in recent years, combined with several University of California, San Francisco researchers estimating the total lifetime burden of Valley Fever cases in 2017 to be just shy of $700 million, we offer our strong support for this concept to move forward with appropriate funding to establish Valley Fever collaborative research centers. 

“As members of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, who represent some of the hotspots of Valley Fever in the American Southwest, we applaud these efforts, particularly since Valley Fever presents pneumonia-like symptoms that are similar to those of the novel coronavirus.”