Valley Fever Is Not The Flu!

Published on 28 Jul 2016, 21:47
Early diagnosis of a potentially fatal fungal infection called valley fever can help patients. However, experts say too many are misdiagnosed as having the flu or even cancer. UPI reports that according to updated guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, doctors should suspect valley fever in patients with pneumonia or ongoing flu-like symptoms who live in or have visited the west or southwest United States, especially Arizona and central California. The fungi that cause valley fever live in desert soil. The fungal spores become airborne when wind blows the dust around. The spores are easily inhaled and settle deep in the lungs, causing pneumonia. The fungi occur in desert regions ranging from western Texas, Arizona and northern Mexico to the central San Joaquin Valley in California. They're also in an area in south central Washington state, and some areas in Central and South America.

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