Valley fever story strikes close to home

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 - 11:06 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 19, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Re "Valley fever is too deadly for delays" (Editorial, June 19): Clearly, the valley fever issue among Central Valley prison inmates is serious.

The Bee's editorial board states the California Department of Corrections has known about the problem at least since 2006. I was on a construction crew that helped build Pleasant Valley prison and the valley fever problem was well known then. Seven out of 12 people on our crew, including myself, fell ill to the fever within a month.

We heard from several sources about how we were working and digging in the worst valley fever spot in the state. These sources included air monitors, inspectors, and locals. Whoever decided to build the prisons there either did not do their homework or swept the facts about valley fever under the rug. Valley fever is very damaging and even deadly. Trust me, I know firsthand.

-- Norman Green, Sacramento

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