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July 24, 2013


Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced the Valley Fever Task Force in the House of Representatives. The task force, with the goal of taking legislative action on Valley Fever issues, 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.

“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 honored to be its founding member along with Rep. McCarthy and am hopeful that this working group will bring awareness, reduce the risk of misdiagnoses, and bring about a cure within the decade,” said Rep. Schweikert.

“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.

NOTE: 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)

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