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Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis)
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:55:55 AM »
Valley fever is an infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides. The scientific name for valley fever is "coccidioidomycosis", and it's also sometimes called "San Joaquin Valley fever" or "desert rheumatism". The term "valley fever" usually refers to Coccidioides infection in the lungs, but the infection can spread to other parts of the body in severe cases (this is called "disseminated coccidioidomycosis").

The fungus is known to live in the soil in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico and Central and South America. The fungus was also recently found in south-central Washington. People can get valley fever by breathing in the microscopic fungal spores from the air in these areas.

Most people who breathe in the spores don't get sick, but some people do. Usually, people who get sick with valley fever will get better on their own within weeks to months, but some people will need antifungal medication. Certain groups of people are at higher risk for developing the severe forms of the infection, and these people typically need antifungal treatment. It's difficult to prevent exposure to Coccidioides in areas where it's common in the environment, but people who are at higher risk for severe valley fever should try to avoid breathing in large amounts of dust if they're in these areas.

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Valley Fever coccidioidomycosis
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2017, 09:12:06 PM »
Humans as well as pets can get Valley Fever.  My father had it for many years..
He acquired it while living in our Desert Area - in Sun City.  He had it for many many years... never fully recovering from it. -- He did keep it under control with medication.

Pets can also get valley fever.  Think about it - - dogs love to nose around in the dirt   
My dog had Valley and lived for 10 years with it - -that was back in the early 90s.  The medication then was very costly so I went shopping for the deals in Nogales that is when Mexico was a safer place for shopping.  My dog had to be on the Valley Fever Meds and that kept her o.k.   But this effected her lungs,  breathing, and it caused her to lose weight.   Many pets do not survive - -because the medicine is costly -- at least it used to be   - - owners cannot afford the expense.   Maybe the cost has come down in the past 20 years.

 From Wikipedia:

Valley Fever resides in the soil in certain parts of the southwestern United States, most notably in California and Arizona.  It is dormant during long dry spells, then develops as a mold with long filaments that break off into airborne spores when the rains come. The spores, known as arthroconidia, are swept into the air by disruption of the soil, such as during construction, farming, or an earthquake.

Infection is caused by inhalation of the particles. The disease is not transmitted from person to person. The infection ordinarily resolves leaving the patient with a specific immunity to re-infection. However, in some cases the infection may manifest itself repeatedly or permanently over the life of the host.
 C. immitis is a dimorphic saprophytic organism that grows as a mycelium in the soil and produces a spherule form in the host organism.


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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 01:38:05 PM »
so if this valley fever thrives in hot dusty conditions surely they should be working to eliminate or prevent what is known as desertification which is happening globally at an alarming rate. How could they do that? Reduce global warming and stop killing the earth soils