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Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever)

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Valley Fever is a fungal infection of the southwestern United States caused by breathing in spores of the fungus Coccidiodes (kok-sid-e-OY-deeze). Two-thirds of all cases in the nation are reported from Arizona. Reported cases of Valley Fever in Arizona have increased greatly over the last decade.

The best way to protect yourself is learning the signs and symptoms of the disease, and if you have them, asking your doctor to test you for Valley Fever.