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The relocating of prisoners to these valley fever-infested prisons only complicates California’s notorious reputation of prison overcrowding. The Supreme Court ruled that the state’s high prison population amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and mandated that the state must release 10,000 inmates. However, earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown claimed that “the prison emergency is over,” refusing to heed the Court’s demands.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Valley fever is the initial form of coccidioidomycosis infection. This initial, acute illness can develop into more serious disease, including chronic and disseminated coccidioidomycosis.
Acute coccidioidomycosis (valley fever)
The initial, or acute, form of coccidioidomycosis is often mild, with few, if any, symptoms. When signs and symptoms do occur, they appear one to three weeks after exposure. They tend to resemble those of the flu, and can range from minor to severe:
Chest pain — varying from a mild feeling of constriction to intense pressure resembling a heart attack
Red, spotty rash
The rash that sometimes accompanies valley fever is made up of painful red bumps that may later turn brown. The rash mainly appears on your lower legs, but sometimes on your chest, arms and back.