Cocci Study Group 2019 Dates and Location Announced!

Next year's meeting will be held at UC Davis on April 5-6 2019. This meeting will be hosted by Dr. George Thompson! 

The Immune System Response to Valley Fever in Dogs Study

Participation in the study involves the collection of a blood sample that will then be shipped to our facility. There is no cost to owners to participate.

If you have any questions about your dog’s qualifications for this project, or if you would like more information, please contact either

Dr. Lisa Shubitz, 520-626-8198,

Dr. Christine Butkiewicz, 520-626-6527,

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Asymptomatic Dogs Valley Fever Immune Response Study

The Valley Fever Center for Excellence is inviting dogs with no history of Valley Fever to be tested for antibodies to the fungus.  Dogs with detectable antibodies will contribute larger blood samples to test successful immune responses to the disease. For more information, please read the flyer below

 The Immunology of Valley Fever in Dogs

IDSA Week Talk

Dr. Galgiani presented recently at the IDSA conference, visit the Educational Videos page or click the link below.

Valley Fever Vaccine Update!

Studies to develop a vaccine to prevent Valley Fever in dogs have made significant progress!  Utilizing funds donated to the Valley Fever Vaccine Project, we have completed the first tier of protection and safety studies in mice; we are in the process of creating a second-generation mutant strain to meet regulatory requirements prior to determining that the vaccine can prevent Valley Fever in dogs.

A Survey of Alpaca Ownership and Valley Fever

We are currently enrolling alpaca owners to participate in an anonymous online survey. The first part of the survey aims to learn more about the locations of alpaca herds, and all owners are invited to complete this section. The second part of the survey is designed to learn more about alpacas diagnosed with Valley Fever between 2005 and the present. Questions about this study can be directed to Dr. Christine Butkiewicz at or 520-626-6527.

Recruiting Dogs for Research!

We are currently looking for dogs that have been on any formulation of itraconazole to treat Valley Fever for at least two weeks.

New IDSA Guidance for PCPs on Coccidioidomycosis

These new guidelines for primary care professionals include recommendations for diagnosing and managing early valley fever infections.

Valley Fever: Timely Diagnosis, Early Assessment, and Proper Management

Medscape, LLC designates this free Online CME for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To access the CME please click below, then register (for free) and log into Medscape.

Would you like to see a Valley Fever Specialist?

For a directory of doctors with experience in treating valley fever, in Tucson and Phoenix, please click here: