Judge considers effect of fungus on Calif. inmates

June 17, 2013 4:34 PM

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge in San Francisco is scheduled to consider whether an airborne fungus that occurs naturally in the San Joaquin Valley presents enough of a public health danger that thousands of vulnerable state prison inmates should be moved.

Nearly three-dozen inmate deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations have been blamed on the fungus, which causes an illness known as valley fever.

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