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Researchers urge greater awareness of coccidioidomycosis

Twelve of 47 outbreaks of coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever, from 1940 through 2015 occurred in areas of Arizona, California, Texas, Utah and Brazil where Coccidioides fungi were not previously known to be endemic, and four confirmed suspected endemicity in areas of Arizona and California, researchers reported in the CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases journal. Coccidioidomycosis is underdiagnosed, and the researchers urged increased attention to identification and monitoring.

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