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Fungal pneumonia : a silent epidemic Coccidioidomycosis (valley fever)
  • Published Date:
    December 2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Foodborene Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.
  • Description:
    Coccidioidomycosis, a fungal disease called “cocci” or “valley fever,” is a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia in the southwestern U.S.

    Valley fever is an illness caused by the fungus Coccidioides, which lives in soil. People can become infected by inhaling fungal spores. This can cause flu-like symptoms that may last from weeks to months.

    Valley fever occurs in people who live in or have traveled to areas where Coccidioides is endemic, or native and common in the environment. It is found most often in the southwestern United States (especially Arizona and California) and parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

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