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CoccidioidomycosisAudio (En español)

Also known as: Desert Fever, San Joaquin Valley Fever, Valley Fever

An infection caused by breathing in spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis. The infection starts in the lungs but can spread to other parts of the body, including the skin, brain, bones, and heart. In people with HIV, disseminated (extrapulmonary) coccidioidomycosis is an AIDS-defining condition.

See Related Term(s):  AIDS-Defining Condition, Opportunistic Infection