Take Two®

News and culture through the lens of Southern California. Hosted by A Martínez

Valley Fever outbreak plagues inmates in Central California prisons

by Take Two®

57044 full
An inmate is escorted to a different unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

There's a disease that's killed more than 60 inmates over the past seven years: Valley Fever.

Valley Fever is a fungal infection that's been cropping up at two prisons in Central California. On Monday, the federal official in charge of medical care in state prisons prisons ordered thousands of high-risk inmates out of these facilities because of the airborne disease.

For more on this we're joined now by Don Specter, head of the Prison Law Office, a non-profit public interest law firm. 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy Take Two®? Try KPCC’s other programs.

What's popular now on KPCC