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Thursday, Aug 23 2012 08:54 AM

Inmate who sued gov't over valley fever gets $425k

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOS ANGELES -- An inmate who sued the federal government after contracting valley fever in a Central California prison has been awarded $425,000 in a settlement.

The government admitted no fault in the settlement Judge Gary Allen Feess signed Tuesday.

Convicted methamphetamine dealer Arjang Panah sued after he contracted Coccidioidomycosis, or cocci, at the Taft Correctional Institution after being transferred there from New York in 2005.

The disease is more commonly known as valley fever and is caused by a fungus found in soil, particularly in the southwestern United States.

Attorneys for Panah had argued the government was negligent in sending their client to a prison where there was an outbreak of the illness. Panah has since been released.

A call and email to federal officials was not immediately returned.

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