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San Joaquin Valley Fever

San Joaquin Valley Fever Causes

San Joaquin Valley Fever is caused by the fungus Coccidioides immitis. This fungus is present in hot, arid areas in southern United States, such as the states mentioned above. The spores of the fungus are spread in the air during rain showers, which can be contracted through inhalation.

San Joaquin Valley Fever Definition

San Joaquin Valley fever is an alternative name for coccidiodomydiosis. This is a fungal infection that once became endemic in the areas of California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and New Mexico.

San Joaquin Valley Fever Diagnosis

The fungal infection is diagnosed by microscopic tests to detect the presence of the fungus, through blood, sputum and tissue biopsy.

San Joaquin Valley Fever Symptoms and Signs

At first the disease shows signs of flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills and rashes. As it progresses, it can cause ulcers and lesions in the skin, which, when left untreated, can be potentially fatal. The disease can also cause complications with the heart, lungs, urinary tract as well as pregnancy.

San Joaquin Valley Fever Treatment

The infection can be treated by antibiotics.

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