Author: Michael Hunt, MD
- Valley fever is a fungal infection known as Coccidiomycosis that can present with vague symptoms like cough, fever, myalgias.
- A thorough history is critical to the diagnosis. Disease is localized to the Southwestern US (California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah) and parts of Central/South America.
- Disease is caused by inhaling fungal spores which damage the lung. Rarely, the disease can disseminate and cause infections that require systemic anti fungal therapy.
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