WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Co-Chair of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force, held a Valley Fever roundtable with Members of Congress, leading researchers, patient advocates, doctors, and scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). McCarthy released the following statement:
“Today’s roundtable was an excellent opportunity to bring together the brightest minds from around the country for an update on efforts to combat Valley Fever. This meeting also served as a chance to address the progress that has occurred and must continue in order to fight this disease.
“Doctors and scientists taking the lead are working diligently to develop a vaccine and I’m proud to report that an updated research study is being conducted by NIH, in partnership with Duke University, which will hopefully bring to light new solutions to stamp out Valley Fever.
“I want to thank Dr. Chiller (CDC) and Dr. Erbelding (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH) for their update on this progress. I’d also like to thank all of our illustrious panelists for being here with us today, including Dr. Royce Johnson who is leading the fight back home at Kern Medical and Rob Purdie who has been a passionate advocate at the Valley Fever Americas Foundation. Finally, thank you to Congressman Schweikert (AZ-06) for serving as Co-Chair of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force and for working with me to bring more awareness to this issue on a federal level. Together we can continue building upon our successes while working to find new ways to stop this disease in its tracks.”