Valley fever is the initial form of coccidioidomycosis infection. This initial, acute illness can develop into a more serious disease, including chronic and disseminated coccidioidomycosis.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Valley fever, also called coccidioidomycosis, is an infection caused by the fungusCoccidioides. 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.
Arizona Department of Health Services
The best way to protect yourself from Valley Fever is to learn about the signs and symptoms of the disease and ask your doctor to test you for it. Check out the resources below for more information.
Valley Fever Center for Excellence
In 1996, the Arizona Board of Regents established the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona, in order to address the problems caused by the fungus, Coccidioides, the cause of coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever).
County of Los Angeles Public Health
Environmental conditions conducive to an increased occurrence of coccidioidomycosis are as follows: arid to semi-arid regions, dust storms, lower altitude, hotter summers, warmer winters, and sandy, alkaline soils. It is endemic in the southwestern US and parts of Mexico and South America. Southern California is a known endemic area.