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    Assessment of Vulnerability to Coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California.
    Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017 Jun 23;14(7). Epub 2017 Jun 23.
    Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection endemic to the southwestern United States, particularly Arizona and California. Its incidence has increased, potentially due in part to the effects of changing climatic variables on fungal growth and spore dissemination. This study aims to quantify the county-level vulnerability to coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California and to assess the relationships between population vulnerability and climate variability. Read More

    Dust Exposure and Coccidioidomycosis Prevention Among Solar Power Farm Construction Workers in California.
    Am J Public Health 2017 Jun 22:e1-e8. Epub 2017 Jun 22.
    All of the authors are with California Department of Public Health, Richmond. Jason A. Wilken is also with the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Career Epidemiology Field Officer Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
    Objectives: To investigate if work activities, dust exposure, and protection measures were associated with a 2011 to 2014 coccidioidomycosis outbreak among workers constructing 2 solar farms in California.

    Methods: In 2013, we mailed self-administered questionnaires to employees who were onsite at the solar farms where the outbreak occurred to identify cases of clinical coccidioidomycosis and compare with asymptomatic workers by using multivariate logistic regression.

    Results: When we compared 89 workers with clinical coccidioidomycosis to 325 asymptomatic workers, frequently being in a dust cloud or storm (odds ratio [OR] = 5. Read More

    Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis Presenting as Carcinomatosis Peritonei and Intestinal Coccidioidomycosis in a Patient with HIV.
    Case Rep Gastroenterol 2017 Jan-Apr;11(1):114-119. Epub 2017 Mar 3.
    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa, Texas, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis (CM) is a fungal infection endemic in southwestern regions of the United States, northwestern regions of Mexico, and some areas of Brazil and Argentina. Clinical presentation varies depending on the extent of the infection and the immune status of the host. The most common presentation ranges from flu-like symptoms to self-limiting pneumonia. Read More

    Coccidioidomycosis: An underreported cause of death-Arizona, 2008-2013.
    Med Mycol 2017 Jun 8. Epub 2017 Jun 8.
    Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
    In Arizona during 1997-2013, coccidioidomycosis increased from 21 to 90 cases/100,000 population, but coccidioidomycosis-associated deaths remained stable at 3-6 deaths/million population. We used the capture-recapture method by using death certificates and hospital discharge data to more fully estimate the total number of coccidioidomycosis-attributable deaths and compared this with published estimates. Death certificates were included if any cause of death included coccidioidomycosis; hospital discharge data deaths were included if any discharge diagnosis included coccidioidomycosis and laboratory confirmation. Read More

    Rational Design of T Lymphocyte Epitope-Based Vaccines Against Coccidioides Infection.
    Methods Mol Biol 2017 ;1625:45-64
    Department of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX, 78249, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis is a potentially life-threatening mycosis endemic to the Southwestern USA and some arid regions of Central and South America. A vaccine against Coccidioides infection would benefit over 30-million people who reside in or visit the endemic regions. Vaccine candidates against systemic fungal infections come in many forms. Read More

    Divergence in the approach to tumor necrosis factor α-inhibitor recipients with coccidioidomycosis.
    Infection 2017 Jun 2. Epub 2017 Jun 2.
    Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic Hospital, 5777 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ, 85054, USA.
    Background: Tumor necrosis factor α-inhibitors (TNFIs) have been associated with increased risk of certain fungal infections, including coccidioidomycosis. The optimal treatment approach to coccidioidomycosis in TNFI recipients is unknown.

    Methods: We constructed an anonymous, voluntary survey for practicing pulmonary and infectious disease physicians in the state of Arizona regarding approach to TNFI patients with coccidioidomycosis. Read More

    [A case of coccidioidomycosis in Turkey imported from the United States of America].
    Mikrobiyol Bul 2017 Apr;51(2):183-190
    Istanbul University Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Istanbul, Turkey.
    Coccidioidomycosis caused by Coccidioides immitis or Coccidioides posadasii is a rare infectious disease except in endemic regions. In this report the third documented imported case of coccidioidomycosis in Turkey was presented. A thirty-year-old male patient was admitted to our hospital with fever and purulent drainage from his chest tube. Read More

    A Case of Osteomyelitis of the toe caused by Coccidioidomycosis in a 17 year-old with Diabetes Insipidus.
    IDCases 2017 3;9:14-16. Epub 2017 May 3.
    Kaweah Delta Health Care District, 400 West Mineral King Avenue, Visalia, CA 93291, United States.
    We report a case of a 17-year-old male who presented with pain in his right first toe. His pain and swelling had worsened and x-rays of his foot revealed erosive changes of the great toe distal phalanx suggesting possible osteomyelitis. His co-morbidities were morbid obesity and diabetes insipidus. Read More

    A case of a positive coccidioides stool culture in an immunocompetent patient with disseminated coccidioidomycosis.
    IDCases 2017 3;8:89-91. Epub 2017 May 3.
    Department of Medicine, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, 350 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013, United States.
    Coccidioidomycosis (CM) is an infection caused by the coccidioides fungus. The spectrum of the disease ranges from a mild upper respiratory illness to severe disseminated infection that could affects the bones, joints, skin, central nervous system, and the gastrointestinal tract. Previous reports of a positive stool culture in the setting of disseminated CM are extremely rare. Read More

    Coccidioidomycosis among persons undergoing lung transplantation in the coccidioidal endemic region.
    Transpl Infect Dis 2017 Apr 28. Epub 2017 Apr 28.
    Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Medicine, The University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA.
    Background: Coccidioidomycosis, an endemic fungal infection, is more likely to be symptomatic and severe among those receiving allogeneic transplants. While several case series have been published for various transplanted organs, none has described the incidence and outcomes in those receiving lung transplants within the coccidioidal endemic region.

    Methods: Patients receiving a heart-lung, single-lung, or bilateral-lung transplantation at the University of Arizona between 1985 and 2009 were retrospectively reviewed. Read More

    Adjunctive Corticosteroid Therapy in the Treatment of Coccidioidal Meningitis.
    Clin Infect Dis 2017 Apr 17. Epub 2017 Apr 17.
    David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
    Coccidioidal meningitis (CM) has high morbidity, and adjunctive measures to improve outcomes are needed. Using an established multicenter retrospective cohort study of CM (N=221), we found patients receiving adjunctive corticosteroids had a significant reduction in secondary cerebrovascular events (P=0.0049). Read More

    Coccidioidal meningitis complicated by central nervous system vasculitis in a patient with leukemia.
    Med Mycol Case Rep 2017 Jun 23;16:8-11. Epub 2017 Mar 23.
    Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Banner University Medical Center, University of Arizona, 1501 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85724, USA.
    Central Nervous System (CNS) vasculitis is the most common life-threatening complication of coccidioidal meningitis. It is manifested by cerebral ischemia, hemorrhage, and infarction. We report a case of CNS vasculitis in a patient receiving chemotherapy and review of the literature on coccidioidal meningitis. Read More

    Ulcerated Lesion of the Tongue as Manifestation of Systemic Coccidioidomycosis.
    Case Rep Med 2017 13;2017:1489501. Epub 2017 Mar 13.
    Department of Oral Pathology, University of Campinas, Piracicaba, SP, Brazil.
    Systemic mycoses and their oral manifestations are very rare. We present a case of a 60-year-old man with an ulcerated lesion on the lateral border of the tongue. Histologic studies revealed a granulomatous fungal infection by Coccidioides immitis. Read More

    Development of an enzyme immunoassay for detection of antibodies against Coccidioides in dogs and other mammalian species.
    PLoS One 2017 5;12(4):e0175081. Epub 2017 Apr 5.
    Mycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.
    Coccidioides is a soil-dwelling fungus that causes coccidioidomycosis, a disease also known as Valley fever, which affects humans and a variety of animal species. Recent findings of Coccidioides in new, unexpected areas of the United States have demonstrated the need for a better understanding of its geographic distribution. Large serological studies on animals could provide important information on the geographic distribution of this pathogen. Read More

    Oral Fungal Infections: Diagnosis and Management.
    Dent Clin North Am 2017 Apr;61(2):319-349
    Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Private Practice: Huntington Beach Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, 7677 Center Avenue, Suite 206, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USA; Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, 2801 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806, USA; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, UCI School of Medicine, 101 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868, USA.
    Oral and maxillofacial fungal infections can appear in high-risk patients, including those immunocompromised. This article explores common oral manifestations of fungal infections in the oral cavity as primary lesions or as a result of disseminated disease. By far the most common oral fungal infection experienced in dentistry is oral candidiasis, which is reviewed in depth from simple oral infections to invasive candidiasis. Read More

    Immune Response to Coccidioidomycosis and the Development of a Vaccine.
    Microorganisms 2017 Mar 16;5(1). Epub 2017 Mar 16.
    Department of Biology and South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection caused by Coccidioides posadasii and Coccidioides immitis. It is estimated that 150,000 new infections occur in the United States each year. The incidence of this infection continues to rise in endemic regions. Read More

    Efficacy of the Investigational Antifungal VT-1161 in Treating Naturally Occurring Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs.
    Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2017 May 24;61(5). Epub 2017 Apr 24.
    Viamet Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Durham, North Carolina, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis can be a chronic, systemic fungal infection requiring long-term to lifetime medication. Thus, there is a need for improved antifungal agents with greater efficacy and reduced toxicity. VT-1161 has a low affinity for mammalian cytochromes and potently inhibits fungal CYP51 with proven efficacy in murine models of central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory coccidioidomycosis. Read More

    Disseminated coccidioidomycosis with multifocal musculoskeletal disease involvement.
    Radiol Case Rep 2017 Mar 23;12(1):141-145. Epub 2016 Dec 23.
    Department of Radiology, CHI St. Luke's Health-Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA.
    We report a rare case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with multifocal musculoskeletal involvement. The patient presented to the emergency department with left shoulder pain and swelling. Magnetic resonance imaging of the left shoulder revealed enhancing soft tissue masses, bony lesions, and fluid collections in and around the glenohumeral joint with involvement of the proximal humerus, glenoid, and rotator cuff musculature. Read More

    Bone Scan, PET-CT, and MRI in Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis.
    Clin Nucl Med 2017 Apr;42(4):319-322
    From the Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA.
    Coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) is a systemic fungal infection resulting from inhalation of the Coccidioides immitis or posadasii spores. In many cases, infection causes a self-limited community-acquired pneumonia; however, in patients with risk factors, such as immunosuppression or African or Pacific Island ancestry, significant morbidity and mortality from disseminated disease may occur. Presented here are comparative images using Tc-MDP bone scan, F-FDG PET/CT, and MRI. Read More

    Opportunistic Fungal Infections in Critical Care Units.
    Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2017 Mar 14;29(1):67-79. Epub 2016 Dec 14.
    Nursing Department, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Louisiana Center for Promotion of Optimal Health Outcomes: A JBI Center of Excellence, 1900 Gravier Street, 4B17, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
    Fungal infections are rare compared with bacterial infections, but they are on the increase in critical care units. Diagnosis can be difficult, resulting in increased mortality. Immunocompromised patients are at higher risk for fungal infections, including organ transplant, oncology, and HIV/AIDS patients. Read More

    Peritoneal and genital coccidioidomycosis in an otherwise healthy Danish female: a case report.
    BMC Infect Dis 2017 Jan 31;17(1):105. Epub 2017 Jan 31.
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark.
    Background: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that usually presents as a primary lung infection. The fungus is endemic to the Southwest United States of America, northern Mexico and parts of Central and South America the infection is rare outside these areas. However, some patients develop disseminated infection that can lie dormant for several years and can present itself in travelers. Read More

    Donor-Related Coccidioidomycosis Transmitted Through Left Liver Transplant to a Child Recipient in a Non-Endemic Area.
    Pediatr Infect Dis J 2017 Jan 26. Epub 2017 Jan 26.
    1 Service d'Hépatologie, Gastroentérologie et Nutrition Pédiatriques, Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France 2 Service de Pathologie, Groupement Hospitalier Est, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France 3 Institut de Parasitologie et Mycologie Médicale, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France 4 Service d'Urgences et de Réanimation Pédiatrique, Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France 5 Service de Chirurgie Pédiatrique Uro-viscérale et Transplantation, Hôpital Femme-Mère-Enfant, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France 6 Unité de Transplantation Hépatique, Hôpital Edouard Herriot, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Lyon, France 7 Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France.
    This first observation of donor-transmitted cocciodioidomycosis to a pediatric liver transplant recipient underlines a rare condition in transplanted patients in a non-endemic area. Moreover, this transmission was observed following a liver split, the patient being contaminated by the left liver while the right liver recipient was not. Read More

    Risk Factors for Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis, United States.
    Emerg Infect Dis 2017 Feb;23(2)
    Of 150,000 new coccidioidomycosis infections that occur annually in the United States, ≈1% disseminate; one third of those cases are fatal. Immunocompromised hosts have higher rates of dissemination. We identified 8 patients with disseminated coccidioidomycosis who had defects in the interleukin-12/interferon-γ and STAT3 axes, indicating that these are critical host defense pathways. Read More

    Large-Scale Evaluation of In Vitro Amphotericin B, Triazole, and Echinocandin Activity against Coccidioides Species from U.S. Institutions.
    Antimicrob Agents Chemother 2017 Apr 24;61(4). Epub 2017 Mar 24.
    Fungus Testing Laboratory, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
    Large-scale testing of Coccidioides isolates has not been performed, and the frequency of clinical isolates with elevated amphotericin B or triazole MICs has not been evaluated. Coccidioides isolates (n = 581) underwent antifungal susceptibility testing. Elevated MIC values were observed for fluconazole (≥16 μg/ml, 37. Read More

    Large-Scale Land Development, Fugitive Dust, and Increased Coccidioidomycosis Incidence in the Antelope Valley of California, 1999-2014.
    Mycopathologia 2017 Jun 13;182(5-6):439-458. Epub 2017 Jan 13.
    Department of Biology, California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, CA, 93311-1022, USA.
    Ongoing large-scale land development for renewable energy projects in the Antelope Valley, located in the Western Mojave Desert, has been blamed for increased fugitive dust emissions and coccidioidomycosis incidence among the general public in recent years. Soil samples were collected at six sites that were destined for solar farm construction and were analyzed for the presence of the soil-borne fungal pathogen Coccidioides immitis which is endemic to many areas of central and southern California. We used a modified culture-independent nested PCR approach to identify the pathogen in all soil samples and also compared the sampling sites in regard to soil physical and chemical parameters, degree of disturbance, and vegetation. Read More

    Disseminated coccidioidomycosis presenting with intramedullary spinal cord abscesses: Management challenges.
    Med Mycol Case Rep 2017 Mar 2;15:1-4. Epub 2016 Dec 2.
    Department of Medicine, Divison of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA.
    Coccidioides species are endemic to the southwestern United States and typically cause a mild or asymptomatic primary infection. In some instances, infection can disseminate and involve the central nervous system with meningitis being the most common manifestation. Non-osseous spinal cord involvement is exceedingly rare. Read More

    Enhanced Antibody Detection and Diagnosis of Coccidioidomycosis with the MiraVista IgG and IgM Detection Enzyme Immunoassay.
    J Clin Microbiol 2017 Mar 4;55(3):893-901. Epub 2017 Jan 4.
    Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in areas of the southwestern United States in which the disease is endemic. Clinical presentations range from self-limited disease to severe disseminated disease. Therefore, early and accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure appropriate treatment and monitoring. Read More

    Intrathecal Amphotericin B: A 60-Year Experience in Treating Coccidioidal Meningitis.
    Clin Infect Dis 2017 Feb;64(4):519-524
    Department of Medicine, Kern Medical, Bakersfield, California.
    Coccidioidal meningitis (CM) is a devastating complication of coccidioidomycosis. Since the late 1950s, intrathecal (IT) amphotericin B deoxycholate (AmBd) has been successfully used to treat and often cure this disease, reducing mortality rates from 100% to approximately 30%. The introduction of azoles further revolutionized the treatment of coccidioidal infections. Read More

    First reported case of peroneal tenosynovitis caused by Coccidioides immitis successfully treated with fluconazole.
    BMJ Case Rep 2016 Nov 30;2016. Epub 2016 Nov 30.
    Infectious Disease Division, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
    Coccidioidomycosis is an insidious infection caused by Coccidioides spp (C. immitis and C. posadasii). Read More

    AST to ALT Ratio is elevated in disseminated histoplasmosis as compared to localized pulmonary disease and other endemic mycoses.
    Med Mycol 2016 Oct 14. Epub 2016 Oct 14.
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
    Severe pulmonary or disseminated histoplasmosis often necessitates presumptive antifungal treatment while awaiting definitive diagnosis. Histoplasma antigen assays have improved sensitivity but results may lag up to 7 days. In order to increase diagnostic certainty, "soft clues" may be looked for in laboratory and radiologic data, such as elevated alkaline phosphatase or ferritin levels and findings of mediastinal adenopathy or hepatosplenomegaly. Read More

    The effect of climate change on skin disease in North America.
    J Am Acad Dermatol 2017 Jan 11;76(1):140-147. Epub 2016 Oct 11.
    Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Electronic address:
    Global temperatures continue to rise, reaching new records almost every year this decade. Although the causes are debated, climate change is a reality. Consequences of climate change include melting of the arctic ice cap, rising of sea levels, changes in precipitation patterns, and increased severe weather events. Read More

    Coccidioidomycosis: Surgical Issues and Implications.
    Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2016 Dec 14;17(6):645-655. Epub 2016 Oct 14.
    1 Department of Surgery, Stanford University , Stanford, California.
    Background: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). Read More

    The habitat of Coccidioides spp. and the role of animals as reservoirs and disseminators in nature.
    BMC Infect Dis 2016 Oct 10;16(1):550. Epub 2016 Oct 10.
    Departamento de Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Ciudad Universitaria No. 3000, Coyoacán, 04510, México Cd.Mx., Mexico.
    Background: Coccidioidomycosis, a potentially fatal fungal infection, is considered an emergent mycotic disease because of the increased incidence of fungal infections registered over recent years. Infection occurs through the inhalation of arthroconidia from two main species of Coccidioides: Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii, which are both endemic to arid and semi-arid regions of North America. Read More

    Clinicopathologic and Histopathologic Renal Abnormalities in Dogs with Coccidioidomycosis.
    J Vet Intern Med 2016 Sep;30(5):1667-1671
    The Department of Medicine & Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA.
    Background: We observed evidence of protein-losing nephropathy in some dogs with coccidioidomycosis, suggestive of immune complex glomerulonephritis (ICGN). The goal of this study was to understand the prevalence of renal histopathologic lesions and proteinuria in dogs with coccidioidomycosis.

    Hypothesis: Biochemical and histopathological evidence of glomerular lesions is present in dogs with coccidioidomycosis. Read More

    Hospitalized burden and outcomes of coccidioidomycosis: A nationwide analysis, 2005-2012.
    Med Mycol 2017 Jun;55(4):368-374
    Comprehensive Digestive Institute of Nevada and Roseman University College of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
    The incidence of coccidioidomycosis (CM) infection has increased over the last 20 years. We investigated recent trends of CM-associated hospitalization in the United States. patients with CM-associated hospitalization were identified from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2005-2012. Read More

    Effect of Geography on the Analysis of Coccidioidomycosis-Associated Deaths, United States.
    Emerg Infect Dis 2016 Oct;22(10):1821-3
    Because coccidioidomycosis death rates vary by region, we reanalyzed coccidioidomycosis-associated mortality in the United States by race/ethnicity, then limited analysis to Arizona and California. Coccidioidomycosis-associated deaths were shown to increase among African-Americans but decrease among Native Americans and Hispanics. Separately, in a Native American cohort, diabetes co-varied with coccidioidomycosis-associated death. Read More

    Treatment considerations in pulmonary coccidioidomycosis.
    Expert Rev Respir Med 2016 Oct 22;10(10):1079-91. Epub 2016 Sep 22.
    a Division of Infectious Diseases , Mayo Clinic Hospital , Phoenix , AZ , USA.
    Introduction: Coccidioidomycosis is an endemic fungal infection caused by the soil-dwelling fungi, Coccidioides species. Coccidioidal infections may be asymptomatic in up to two-thirds of infected persons. Pulmonary coccidioidomycosis is the most common form of symptomatic infection. Read More

    Preclinical identification of vaccine induced protective correlates in human leukocyte antigen expressing transgenic mice infected with Coccidioides posadasii.
    Vaccine 2016 Oct 9;34(44):5336-5343. Epub 2016 Sep 9.
    Department of Biology and South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA; Immune Defense Core, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX, USA. Electronic address:
    There is an emerging interest to develop human vaccines against medically-important fungal pathogens and a need for a preclinical animal model to assess vaccine efficacies and protective correlates. HLA-DR4 (DRB1∗0401 allele) transgenic mice express a human major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC II) receptor in such a way that CD4(+) T-cell response is solely restricted by this human molecule. In this study HLA-DR4 transgenic mice were immunized with a live-attenuated vaccine (ΔT) and challenged by the intranasal route with 50-70 Coccidioides posadasii spores, a potentially lethal dose. Read More

    Rare Dysuria: Prostatic Abscess due to Disseminated Coccidioidomycosis.
    Urol Case Rep 2016 Nov 27;9:12-4. Epub 2016 Aug 27.
    UCLA Medical Center, 757 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
    We present a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with formation of a prostatic abscess in a 28-year-old diabetic male. Though rare, Coccidiodes prostatitis should be included in the differential for patients who have spent time in endemic areas and present with prostatitis or other genitourinary tract symptoms, especially in the setting of immunocompromise. The small number of Coccidiodes prostatitis cases described in the literature previously are reviewed, along with a wider discussion of coccidioidomycosis. Read More

    Mortality From Fungal Diseases in the US Air Force From 1970 to 2013.
    US Army Med Dep J 2016 Oct-Dec(3-16):38-41
    New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York.
    We review a unique set of documents, death certificates, catalogued in the US Air Force Mortality Registry, which tracks deaths for current and retired Air Force service members. We screened the records for all deaths caused by fungal diseases between 1970 and 2013. There were 216 deaths caused by a variety of diseases such as aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, pneumocystosis, sporotrichosis, and zygomycosis. Read More

    Executive Summary: 2016 Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Coccidioidomycosis.
    Clin Infect Dis 2016 Sep;63(6):717-22
    Department of Neurosurgery, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona.
    It is important to realize that guidelines cannot always account for individual variation among patients. They are not intended to supplant physician judgment with respect to particular patients or special clinical situations. Infectious Diseases Society of America considers adherence to these guidelines to be voluntary, with the ultimate determination regarding their application to be made by the physician in the light of each patient's individual circumstances. Read More

    Cerebrospinal Fluid (1,3)-Beta-d-Glucan Testing Is Useful in Diagnosis of Coccidioidal Meningitis.
    J Clin Microbiol 2016 Nov 24;54(11):2707-2710. Epub 2016 Aug 24.
    Stanford University Medical School and California Institute Medical Research, San Jose, California, USA.
    Diagnosing coccidioidal meningitis (CM) can be problematic owing to its infrequency and/or a delay in the positivity of a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture or CSF antibody, particularly if the primary coccidioidal infection is unrecognized. We tested 37 CSF specimens, 26 from patients with confirmed CM and 11 from patients with suspected microbial meningitis without fungal diagnosis, for (1,3)-beta-glucan (BG). BG in CM CSF specimens ranged from 18 to 3,300 pg/ml and in controls ranged from <3. Read More

    Integrative Medicine Preferences Among Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) Patients.
    J Altern Complement Med 2017 Feb 24;23(2):135-139. Epub 2016 Aug 24.
    4 Division of Women's Health Internal Medicine & Integrative Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic Arizona , Scottsdale, AZ.
    Objectives: To understand the extent and modalities of integrative medicine strategies that patients with coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) have incorporated into their treatment regimens.

    Design: A direct patient survey was distributed, with 100 unique responses, at a single infectious diseases clinic at an academic medical center in Arizona. Eligible patients, defined as those with confirmed coccidioidomycosis or currently under evaluation, were polled on their personal use of 36 integrative medicine modalities. Read More

    Total and Lectin-Binding Proteome of Spherulin from Coccidioides posadasii.
    J Proteome Res 2016 Oct 29;15(10):3463-3472. Epub 2016 Aug 29.
    School of Life Sciences, Mayo Clinic Collaborative Research Building, Arizona State University , Scottsdale, Arizona 85259, United States.
    Coccidioides is a virulent dimorphic fungus that causes coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) in mammals, including humans. Although the genome has been sequenced, a proteomic analysis does not exist. To address this gap in proteomic knowledge, we generated the proteome of spherulin (a well-studied lysate of fungal spherules) and identified 1390 proteins. Read More

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