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

Coccidioidomycosis among cast and crew members at an outdoor television filming event--California, 2012.
 

Author(s): Jason A Wilken, Patricia Marquez, Dawn Terashita, Jennifer McNary, Gayle Windham, Barbara Materna,

Journal: MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.. 2014 Apr;63(15):321-4.

 

In March 2013, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) identified two Doctor's First Reports of Occupational Injury or Illness (DFRs) regarding Los Angeles County residents who had worked at the same jobsite in January 2012 and had been evaluated for possible work-associated ...

Last Updated: 17 Apr 2014

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[Treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia: coccidioidomycosis in a traveler patient].
 

Author(s): Hernán Cabello, Gonzalo Labarca, Sebastián Fernández-Bussy, Francisca Cabello, Yumay Pires, Rodrigo Soto, Luis Thompson

Journal: Rev Chilena Infectol. 2013 Dec;30(6):669-72.

 

Treatment failure in community-acquired pneumonia is defined as a clinical condition with inadequate response to antimicrobial therapy. Resistant and unusual microorganisms and noninfectious causes are responsible for treatment failure. Coccidioides immitis is a fungus that causes ...

Last Updated: 13 Feb 2014

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Novel strategies to enhance vaccine immunity against coccidioidomycosis.
 

Author(s): Garry T Cole, Chiung-Yu Hung, Sam D Sanderson, Brady J Hurtgen, Marcel Wüthrich, Bruce S Klein, George S Deepe, Gary R Ostroff, Stuart M Levitz

Journal: PLoS Pathog.. 2013 ;9(12):e1003768.

 

Last Updated: 24 Dec 2013

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The terms "Coccidioidomycosis" returned 25 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: 17 Oct 2014

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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: 23 Aug 2014

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Breast Milk Composition and HIV-exposed/Unexposed Early Infant Growth and Infectious Disease Events
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: HIV; Malnutrition; Cryptosporidiosis

 

Last Updated: 21 May 2013

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