Coccidioidomycosis

Common Name(s)

Coccidioidomycosis

Coccidioidomycosis, also known as ‘Valley Fever,’ is a fungal infection caused by coccidioides. Coccidiodes is a pathogenic fungus commonly found in dry desert soil that can be stirred into the air by anything that disrupts the soil. Once in the air, the fungus may be inhaled into the lungs. Coccidioidomycosis can cause fever, chest pain, coughing, and other flu-like symptoms or pneumonia. Mild cases often resolve without treatment. In more severe cases, the infection can develop into chronic pneumonia and doctors will prescribe antifungal medications.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 178 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Peritoneal and genital coccidioidomycosis in an otherwise healthy Danish female: a case report.
 

Author(s): Ole Bæk, Karen Astvad, Reza Serizawa, Lawrence J Wheat, Pia T Brenøe, Ann-Brit E Hansen

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Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that usually presents as a primary lung infection. The fungus is endemic to the Southwest United States of America, northern Mexico and parts of Central and South America the infection is rare outside these areas. However, some patients develop ...

Last Updated: 1 Feb 2017

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Coccidioidomycosis-Associated Deaths in California, 2000-2013.
 

Author(s): Gail L Sondermeyer, Lauren A Lee, Debra Gilliss, Duc J Vugia

Journal: Public Health Rep. ;131(4):531-5.

 

The number of cases of coccidioidomycosis and associated hospitalizations increased in California during 2000-2013. During that period, a total of 1,098 death records listed coccidioidomycosis as a cause, averaging 78 deaths annually (range: 43-108). The death rate peaked in 2006 ...

Last Updated: 25 Jul 2016

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Coccidioidomycosis among Workers Constructing Solar Power Farms, California, USA, 2011-2014.
 

Author(s): Jason A Wilken, Gail Sondermeyer, Dennis Shusterman, Jennifer McNary, Duc J Vugia, Ann McDowell, Penny Borenstein, Debra Gilliss, Benedict Ancock, Janice Prudhomme, Deborah Gold, Gayle C Windham, Lauren Lee, Barbara L Materna

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2015 Nov;21(11):1997-2005.

 

Coccidioidomycosis is associated with soil-disruptive work in Coccidioides-endemic areas of the southwestern United States. Among 3,572 workers constructing 2 solar power-generating facilities in San Luis Obispo County, California, USA, we identified 44 patients with symptom onset ...

Last Updated: 21 Oct 2015

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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 22 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Peritoneal Coccidioidomycosis: a Rare Case Report and Review of the Literature.
 

Author(s): Tina R Storage, Joshua Segal, Janice Brown

Journal: J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. 2015 Dec;24(4):527-30.

 

Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection endemic to the southwestern United States that typically causes a self-limited pulmonary illness. Extrapulmonary dissemination is extremely rare and typically localized to the skin, bone, and meninges. The gastrointestinal system has generally ...

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2015

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Coccidioidomycosis and the skin: a comprehensive review.
 

Author(s): Sandra Cecilia Garcia Garcia, Julio Cesar Salas Alanis, Minerva Gomez Flores, Sergio Eduardo Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lucio Vera Cabrera, Jorge Ocampo Candiani

Journal: An Bras Dermatol. ;90(5):610-9.

 

Coccidioidomycosis is a highly prevalent disease in the Western hemisphere. It is considered one of the most virulent primary fungal infections. Coccidioides species live in arid and semi-arid regions, causing mainly pulmonary infection through inhalation of arthroconidia although ...

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2015

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THE TREATMENT OF COCCIDIOIDOMYCOSIS.
 

Author(s): Neil M Ampel

Journal: Rev. Inst. Med. Trop. Sao Paulo. 2015 Sep;57 Suppl 19():51-6.

 

Therapy of coccidioidomycosis continues to evolve. For primary pulmonary disease, antifungal therapy is frequently not required while prolonged courses of antifungals are generally needed for those in whom extrathoracic disseminated has occurred. Intravenous amphotericin B should ...

Last Updated: 15 Oct 2015

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Sertraline in Addition to Standard of Care Treatment for Coccidioidomycosis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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Pathogenesis and Genetics of Disseminated or Refractory Coccidioidomycosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2017

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Early Fluconazole Treatment for Coccidiodomycosis Pneumonia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 20 Jul 2017

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