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Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)

Healthcare Professionals

Coccidioidomycosis is a significant cause of morbidity in Arizona. It is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in Arizona. In 2012, 12,920 cases were reported. Healthcare providers and clinical laboratories are required to report cases of coccidioidomycosis to the Arizona Department of Health Services within five working days (Arizona Administrative Code R9-6-202-205).

For more information about disease reporting, please visit the Disease Reporting section.

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Community-Acquired Pneumonia and Coccidioidomycosis

Several studies have indicated that 15-30% of community-acquired pneumonia in the hyper-endemic population centers of southern Arizona is caused by coccidioidomycosis. In 2007, the Arizona Department of Health Services recommended that all patients presenting with community-acquired pneumonia in these areas be tested for coccidioidomycosis. See the poster below for testing patients with community-acquired pneumonia for coccidioidomycosis.

Training

The University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence provides free continuing medical education (CME) on coccidioidomycosis. The CME is available online at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence website. A CME event is held every year, usually in the fall in Tucson or Phoenix. This event is held in conjunction with the annual Valley Fever Awareness Week. Check the Center’s webpage for updated information. A recorded version of the CME is also available in Spanish.

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