Coccidioidomycosis

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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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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 181 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Coccidioidomycosis in a State Where It Is Not Known To Be Endemic - Missouri, 2004-2013.
 

Author(s): George Turabelidze, Ravi K Aggu-Sher, Ehsan Jahanpour, C Jon Hinkle,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2015 Jun;64(23):636-9.

 

During 1998‒2012, coccidioidomycosis cases increased nationally nearly eightfold. To describe the epidemiology of coccidioidomycosis in Missouri, a state without endemic coccidioidomycosis, coccidioidomycosis surveillance data during 2004-2013 at the Missouri Department of Health ...

Last Updated: 19 Jun 2015

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Distance from construction site and risk for coccidioidomycosis, Arizona, USA.
 

Author(s): Janis E Blair, Yu-Hui H Chang, Yvette Ruiz, Stacy Duffy, Beth E Heinrich, Douglas F Lake

Journal: Emerging Infect. Dis.. 2014 Sep;20(9):1464-71.

 

Coccidioides spp. fungi, which are present in soil in the southwestern United States, can become airborne when the soil is disrupted, and humans who inhale the spores can become infected. In 2012, our institution in Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, began a building project requiring ...

Last Updated: 23 Aug 2014

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[Laboratory methods in the diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis].
 

Author(s): Teodoro Carrada-Bravo

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2014 Jun;31(3):293-7.

 

Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii, the two recognized causes of coccidioidomicosis, may be diagnosed by direct microscopy, culture, serologic and the skin-test with mycelial coccidioidin. Identification of spherules by direct examination of secretions after addition ...

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2014

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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 26 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Recent advances in our understanding of the environmental, epidemiological, immunological, and clinical dimensions of coccidioidomycosis.
 

Author(s): Chinh Nguyen, Bridget Marie Barker, Susan Hoover, David E Nix, Neil M Ampel, Jeffrey A Frelinger, Marc J Orbach, John N Galgiani

Journal: Clin. Microbiol. Rev.. 2013 Jul;26(3):505-25.

 

Coccidioidomycosis is the endemic mycosis caused by the fungal pathogens Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. This review is a summary of the recent advances that have been made in the understanding of this pathogen, including its mycology, genetics, and niche in the environment. ...

Last Updated: 4 Jul 2013

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Routine CSF analysis in coccidioidomycosis is not required.
 

Author(s): George Thompson, Sharon Wang, Robert Bercovitch, Michael Bolaris, Dane Van Den Akker, Sandra Taylor, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Catanzaro, Jose Cadena, Peter Chin-Hong, Brad Spellberg

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Although routinely done, there has been no evaluation of the utility of performing routine cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination in patients with active coccidioidomycosis and high complement fixation (IgG) antibody titers or other risk factors for disseminated infection. In our review ...

Last Updated: 29 May 2013

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Coccidioidomycosis during pregnancy: a review and recommendations for management.
 

Author(s): Robert S Bercovitch, Antonino Catanzaro, Brian S Schwartz, Demosthenes Pappagianis, D Heather Watts, Neil M Ampel

Journal: Clin. Infect. Dis.. 2011 Aug;53(4):363-8.

 

Pregnancy is an established risk factor for the development of severe and disseminated coccidioidomycosis, particularly when infection is acquired during the later stages of gestation. Although recent studies suggest that the incidence of symptomatic coccidioidomycosis during pregnancy ...

Last Updated: 3 Aug 2011

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Pathogenesis and Genetics of Disseminated or Refractory Coccidioidomycosis
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 13 Jun 2015

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Parasitic Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Amebiasis; Cryptosporidiosis; Giardiasis; Parasitic Disease; Parasitic Intestinal Disease; Gastrointestinal Helminth Infections

 

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2015

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Trial of Ceramic Water Filters to Reduce Cryptosporidium Infection in Kenya
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Cryptosporidium; Cryptosporidiosis; Waterborne Disease; Diarrheal Disease

 

Last Updated: 18 Apr 2013

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