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Skin tests identify inmates for valley fever-stricken prisons
Skin tests identify inmates for valley fever-stricken prisons

Skin tests conducted by California prison officials this month show thousands of inmates have been exposed to valley fever, making them candidates for placement at two prisons stricken by the sometimes deadly fungus. Officials with the court-appointed medical receiver's office said Thursday that as a result of the massive $5-million screening conducted two weeks ago -- more than 36,000 prisoners consented to the tests -- the state has a better grasp of who can safely be held at Pleasant Valley and Avenal state prisons. The tests were recommended last year by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which argued that identifying inmates already immune to valley fever...

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