Study: Valley fever killed 3 prison workers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A federal health care agency says illness caused by a soil-borne fungus killed three employees at two California prisons in recent years and sickened 103 others.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report made public Thursday also says employees at Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons near Fresno appear more likely to contract valley fever than adults in the surrounding population.
It confirmed the deaths and illnesses occurred between January 2009 and June 2013.
The state requested the report after nearly three-dozen inmate deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations at the prisons were blamed on the fungus that causes the illness known as valley fever.
A federal judge ordered the state to move nearly 2,600 inmates to other prisons.
The state already has adopted most of the report's recommendations.