Coccidioidomycosis

Valley Fever

Basic Information

Coccidioidomycosis (or more commonly referred to as Valley Fever) is an infection caused by a fungus called coccidioides. This fungus lives in the soil of dry, low rainfall areas. People can get the disease by just breathing in the coccidioides spores from the air, especially after a soil disturbance. The fungus is native and common in many places in the southwestern United States, Mexico, Central and South America.