Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Valley Fever Underlying Cause

Facts about coccidioidomycosis:

  • A fungus, called Coccidioides immitis, causes this infection. It is a soil fungus that lives in dry conditions.
  • This fungus is present in Arizona, south central California, Nevada, New Mexico, and the western half of Texas.
  • The fungus is inhaled during exposure to dust, after which it causes a lung infection.
  • Most lung infections resolve without treatment; however, the infection can worsen in about 1 out of 20 of those who are infected. The worsening infection can cause pneumonia and the fungus can spread to other tissues.

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Last Updated: Dec 11, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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