About Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

When common flu symptoms, such as fever, cough, chest pain and headaches begin to last for multiple weeks or turn into something more serious, Central Valley families may start to hear the term “Valley fever” or “cocci.” When families find themselves in this unfamiliar position, Valley Children’s board certified pediatric infectious disease specialists are ready to combat this infectious disease and treat your child with renowned expertise in a family-centered environment.

Coccidioidomycosis, commonly known as the “San Joaquin fever” or “Valley fever,” is a fungal infection commonly found in soil. These organisms are stirred into the air by wind, farming or construction and then can be inhaled into the lungs causing the disease. California's Central Valley is a hotspot for Valley fever, but the infection has also been identified in the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central and South America.