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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Quick Read: Taxpayers Spend Millions on Valley Fever in Prisons 15 October,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) 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. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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