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The Occupational Health Branch (OHB) promotes safe and healthy workplaces for all Californians.

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Valley fever illnesses this year are already high – protect outdoor workers

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 worker digging in dusty trench near a backhoe that is stirring up dust with its diggingthat 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.

Updated OHB COVID-19 web pages brimming with new tools

OHB's 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.

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