What is Valley Fever?
Valley Fever, Coccidioidomycosis, or is a fungal infection affecting primarily the lungs. Valley fever is caused by the yeast-like fungus called Coccidioides immitis, hence its medical term, Coccidioidomycosis.
The yeast-like fungus that caused produces spores which become airborne. When this airborne sporse inhaled and lodged to the lungs of human, there, the transmission starts.
Oftentimes, this fungal infection spread to other parts of the body like the brain. It is then called disseminated Valley Fever. The good thing of this disease, this is not contagious – person to person transmission.
Most common symptoms of Valley fever, or Coccidioidomycosis, include fever, chest pain, productive cough – oftentimes blood, fatigue, backache, headache and more.