Valley Fever Awareness
From soil to lungs
Common symptoms may lead to delayed diagnosis
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Shortness of breath
- Night sweats
- Muscle aches or joint pain
- Rash on upper body or legs
People at risk
- People who have weakened immune systems, for example, people who:
- Have HIV/AIDS
- Have had an organ transplant
- Are taking medications such as corticosteroids or tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors
- Pregnant women
- People who have diabetes
- People who are black or Filipino
Awareness is key
What CDC is doing
- Raising awareness. CDC, state and local health departments, and other agencies are working together to educate the public and healthcare providersabout Valley fever to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment and to improve people’s health outcomes.
- Surveillance. In many states, healthcare providers and laboratories are required to report Valley fever cases to public health authorities. Disease reporting helps government officials and healthcare providers understand why outbreaks occur and allows them to monitor trends in Valley fever cases.
- Advanced molecular detection. CDC has been developing new tools that make it faster and easier to detect Coccidioides in the environment. CDC is also using whole genome sequencing to investigate new areas where Coccidioides is living and causing illness.
- Researching treatment. CDC is assisting other health agencies with studies to understand the best treatment for Valley fever. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is sponsoring a randomized controlled trial to learn more about Valley fever treatment.