Surgical Tech-Valley Fever Report

Surgical Tech-Valley Fever Report - Surgical Tech Valley...

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Surgical Tech Valley Fever Joseph Ramoz Brookline College Monica Cervi-Instructor November 15, 2010
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A disease also called coccidioidomycosis or (CM) due to a fungus called Coccidioides immitis. About 40% of people infected with this fungus develop symptoms. Most often they have an influenza-like illness with fever, cough, headaches, rash, and myalgias. Usually, those people with symptoms, 8% have severe lung disease requiring hospitalization and about 7% develop disseminated infection throughout the body. Valley fever is a lung infection. A fungus becomes airborne when dust around construction areas and agricultural areas is transported by the wind. When spores are inhaled, Valley Fever can result. Valley Fever is normally found in the Southwest part of the U.S. where temperatures are high and the soils are dry. Groups at high risk from the fungus include African-Americans and Asians, pregnant women in the third trimester, smokers, the elderly, diabetics and people with an impaired immune system. Severe disease tends particularly to strike in HIV-infected persons. The mortality is high in HIV-infected persons with diffuse lung disease. Coccidioidomycosis meningitis can lead permanent
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