What Is Valley Fever?

Q:
What is valley fever?

A:
Valley fever is a disease caused by a fungus that gets into your body through your lungs. It can make you feel like you have a cold or the flu and may cause a rash. Most people get better without treatment.

But if your body’s immune system is weak, valley fever can be deadly. In rare cases it can be deadly even for people with a normal immune system. Valley fever can spread from your lungs to other parts of your body. Those at higher risk for severe illness include:

  • Pregnant women.
  • People who have HIV infection.
  • People who take medicines that weaken the immune system.
  • People who have diabetes.

Valley fever occurs mainly in dry desert areas of the southwestern United States, central California, and Mexico. It also occurs in dry areas of Central and South America. Thus it is also called desert fever, San Joaquin Valley fever, coccidioidomycosis, and desert rheumatism.

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