This story is the latest in the ongoing valley fever series from ReportingonHealth. California is spending $23 million a year to ship inmates afflicted with valley fever to outside hospitals — then there’s the cost of treating inmates within prison walls.

Californians are locked into contributing to the cost of treating state inmates sickened by valley fever.
Since 2006, the state prison system has tried but failed to reduce the disease’s impact and price tag.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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