The Occupational Health Branch (OHB) promotes safe and healthy workplaces for all Californians.
People who work outdoors in California's Central Valley, Central Coast, and other locations, especially workers who dig or disturb soil, are at risk for Valley fever, an illness caused by breathing in a fungus
that lives in the soil. Early
data show the number of Valley fever illnesses in 2021 are already higher than this time in 2019, which was a record year for infections. See our August newsletter,
COVID-19 or Valley fever? Get tested to know the difference!; visit
Preventing Work-Related Valley Fever and CouldBeValleyFever.org; and join CDC and CDPH on
September 20–24, 2021, in spreading the word on early detection and treatment during this year's national
Fungal Disease Awareness Week.
COVID-19 & the Workplace website features a robust suite of
worker-focused digital media tools and resources for using
best practices to prevent COVID on the job and staying up-to-date on California guidance.