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    The Valley Fever Center for Excellence is a trusted, educational resource for the public and health care providers.

Two-thirds of all U.S. Valley Fever infections are contracted in Arizona even though nationally, Valley Fever is uncommon and considered an orphan disease. The Arizona Board of Regents established the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona to improve understanding, medical care, and research about this disease.

Home Page

Welcome to the Valley Fever Center for Excellence’s website.  Here we try to provide reliable and timely information about coccidioidomycosis, the medical name for Valley fever.  As part of the 2020 Valley Fever Awareness Week activities, I am initiating this “Message from the Center Director” section on our homepage and plan to change it several times per year as new information bears highlighting.  Hopefully, this will prove useful to readers.

FAQs

How can you tell Valley fever and COVID-19 apart?

Strictly speaking you cannot. But, there are general patterns that are different and can provide you clues:

  • COVID-19 is an emerging epidemic. The number of confirmed cases is on the rise and based on current projections, it is expected to peak in Arizona in the next couple of weeks. The risk for Valley fever is ever-present with seasonal fluctuations each year. As COVID-19 hopefully declines over the coming months, the number of Valley fever cases are expected to increase into the summer.
  • COVID-19 causes a more acute illness. Chronic COVID-19 illnesses have not been evident.  In contrast, while Valley fever sometimes starts abruptly, it typically continues for weeks to several months before symptoms completely resolve.
  • The primary complication of COVID-19 is respiratory failure. While Valley fever can result in respiratory failure in rare cases, the infection can also spread to other parts of the body, causing destruction in bones, skin, the brain or elsewhere. (May 2020) 
Does having Valley fever in the past make me more susceptible to contracting COVID-19?

There is no reason to believe that people who have had Valley Fever are at higher risk for contracting COVID-19 as Valley fever does not interfere with or weaken a person’s immune system. (May 2020)

Announcements

Valley Fever Awareness Week Webinars

We are so appreciative of everyone who attended our events and supported our center during Valley Fever Awareness Week! If you missed any of the webinars, you can access them HERE. The attendee contact information for the Cocci Collaborative Roundtable can be found HERE.

Valley Fever Awareness Week 2020 Proclamation

We are so excited that Valley Fever Awareness Week is here! Take a look at Governor Doug Ducey's 2020 Proclamation for Valley Fever Awareness Week here.

Valley Fever Awareness Week 2020 Schedule of Events

It's Valley Fever Awareness Week 2020! We'd love to have you all join us for any of our great events being held during the upcoming week. Check out the schedule of events here.