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 231 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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 Changing Epidemiology of Coccidioidomycosis in Los Angeles (LA) County, California, 1973-2011.
 

Author(s): Ramon E Guevara, Tasneem Motala, Dawn Terashita

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Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, is often thought of as an endemic disease of central California exclusive of Los Angeles County. The fungus that causes Valley Fever, Coccidioides spp., grows in previously undisturbed soil of semi-arid and arid environments of certain ...

Last Updated: 28 Aug 2015

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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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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 30 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

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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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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Early Fluconazole Treatment for Coccidiodomycosis Pneumonia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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Pathogenesis and Genetics of Disseminated or Refractory Coccidioidomycosis
 

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Condition Summary: Coccidioidomycosis

 

Last Updated: 7 Jun 2016

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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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