Cutting Edge Research and Projects
Agency and Update Info
Project Start Date: 12/2012
Projected Completion: 12/2014
Project updated: 7/15/2013
Enhanced Surveillance Project
The Kern County Public Health Services Department began conducting enhanced Valley Fever disease surveillance in 2012. As part of the California Coccidioidomycosis Collaborative group, Kern County implemented a standardized questionnaire that it has healthcare providers complete on 10% random sample of cases every month. The enhanced questionnaire adds information that is not normally captured on each case such as:
- Valley Fever related occupational groups
- Signs and symptoms
- Reason the Valley Fever test was performed
- Radiology findings
- Treatment at time of diagnosis
- Underlying medical conditions
- Evidence of dissemination
- Risk factors such as smoking and drinking
Since implementation, over 200 forms have been competed and provided to the Public Health Services Department.
Laboratory Diagnostic Services
Kern County Public Health Services Department Laboratory (KCPHL) is dedicated to providing highest quality laboratory services supporting the department and community health care providers. KCPHL continually conducts studies to develop improved laboratory diagnostic tests, to evaluate new tests which become available, and to continually improve the quality of the tests being used. KCPHL projects include:
- Developing blood tests for improving and enhancing diagnosis of Valley Fever.
- Developing molecular tests for diagnosis of Valley Fever.
- Collecting, developing and maintaining laboratory data for use by Public Health in monitoring the occurrence of Valley Fever.
- Providing improved tests to assist community health care providers in measuring the success of treatment of Valley Fever.
- Collaborating with other Public Health Sections and with other institutions to support their Valley Fever research programs.