Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis), is a fungal infection caused by spores that live in southwestern soil. Infection occurs when a spore is inhaled after it becomes airborne by winds, construction and outdoor activities. Over two-thirds of the infections occur in Arizona, primarily Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. This area is known as the “Valley Fever Corridor”. Currently there is no cure for Valley Fever.
The disease usually affects the lungs, but in some people the disease may spread to other parts of the body such as the bones, skin, joints or brain. In these cases, the disease can be very serious and may even cause death.
For more information on Valley Fever go to Valley Fever Center for Excellence (VFCE) at the University of Arizona's website www.vfce.arizona.edu
VFCE is the only research institution in the world focused on this disease.
Two AZ awareness Walks this fall - see VFCE site for details.
at 9:44 PM on Sep. 24, 2010