Research

Cutting Edge Research and Projects

 

Agency and Update Info

Last Updated: 7/15/2013

NASA Project Title

NASA, California State University, Bakersfield, and the Kern County Public Health Services Department began a collaborative research project in December 2011. The project will use aerial imagery, molecular biology, soil parameter characterization, and epidemiology to help understand and control Valley Fever.  The goals of the project are to:

    1. Identify where and how much Valley Fever is in the environment
    2. Track the location and amount of Valley Fever over time
    3. Determine the influence that Valley Fever growth patterns have on humans and animals
    4. Identify hot spots where control strategies can be studied
    5. Reduce the risk of catching Valley Fever

 

 

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Project Start Date: 12/2012
Projected Completion: 12/2014

Project updated: 7/15/2013

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MODIS NDVI Image

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Dr. Mace of NASA

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Landsat-5 Image from USGS

Image Provided by:
Dr. Jorge Telemontes of CSUB

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 Collecting soil samples

Image Provided by: Shelby Mack

The Bakersfield Californian

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:

  1. Valley Fever related occupational groups
  2. Signs and symptoms
  3. Reason the Valley Fever test was performed
  4. Radiology findings
  5. Treatment at time of diagnosis
  6. Underlying medical conditions
  7. Evidence of dissemination
  8. Risk factors such as smoking and drinking

Since implementation, over 200 forms have been competed and provided to the Public Health Services Department.

Valley Fever Website Logo

Project Start Date: 1/2012
Projected Completion: Ongoing

Project updated: 7/15/2013

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:

  1. Developing blood tests for improving and enhancing diagnosis of Valley Fever.
  2. Developing molecular tests for diagnosis of Valley Fever.
  3. Collecting, developing and maintaining laboratory data for use by Public Health in monitoring the occurrence of Valley Fever.
  4. Providing improved tests to assist community health care providers in measuring the success of treatment of Valley Fever.
  5. Collaborating with other Public Health Sections and with other institutions to support their Valley Fever research programs.

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Project Start Date: 1/2008
Projected Completion: Ongoing

Project updated: 7/15/2013

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Kern County Public Health Services Department

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Kern County Public Health Services Department

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Kern County Public Health Services Department