By David Gorn, CALmatters
CALmatters is an independent public interest journalism venture covering California state politics and government.
Photo: More dust storms are contributing to an increase in Valley fever across California. Image by Famartin via Wikimedia
October 9, 2018 (San Diego) - Rob Purdie is an upbeat guy. You can hear it in his unfailingly positive statements, his voice tinged with a Central Valley twang from a life spent in Bakersfield.
You wouldn’t guess this is a man with a reservoir surgically built into the top of his skull, and that he spends one full day a month with antifungal drugs pumping directly into his brain.