Three children in Avenal
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Family on living with valley fever

16 July 2013 Last updated at 17:14 BST

Three of Jim McGee's children are still recovering from valley fever.

"It's definitely one of the most frightening experiences I've ever had in my life," says Marivi McGee, 17.

The fungus had spread to her brain, but fortunately, her body overcame the infection without a prolonged course of treatment. All three McGee children still suffer from tiredness, though. Marcos rates his health as only 70-80%.

Read more: Valley fever: An incurable illness in the dust

Produced by the BBC's Franz Strasser.