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Our pediatric infectious disease specialists have been working on research related to Valley fever in children. We are also actively raising the awareness of pediatric Valley fever in California.




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Additional resources to learn more about Valley Fever

Research by Valley Children's Valley Fever experts

Extrapulmonary Coccidioidomycosis Among Children in Central California: A Retrospective Review. Naeem F, McCarty J, Mhaissen MN, Ha S, Rongkavilit C. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. 2019 Dec 38(12):1189-1194.

Lauren A. Lee, MD, MPH, Gail L. Sondermeyer Cooksey, MPH, Janice J. Kim, MD, MPH,
Amandeep Kahal, MD, Debra Gilliss, MD, MPH, Fouzia Naeem, MD, MS,
James M. McCarty, MD, and Duc J. Vugia, MD, MPH. Pediatric Coccidioidomycosis:
Case Series From a California Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic
. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Volume 38, Number 2, February 2019.

Dan Davini, BA. Fouzia Naeem, MD. Aron Phong, BS. et al. Elevated regulatory T cells at diagnosis of Coccidioides infection associates with chronicity in pediatric patients. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , Volume 142 , Issue 6 , 1971 - 1974.e7, December 2018.

Filbrandt, B., Mhaissen, M., Naeem, F., Rongkavilit, C. Cocciodiomycosis in Children Younger than 2 Years of Age, a Retrospective Review. Presented at IDWeek, October 2018.

Merriott, D., Gerardi, J., Gholve P., Naeem, F. Pediatric Musculoskeletal Cocciodiomycosis in Central California. Presented at IDWeek, October 2018.

Abdelmisseh, M., Naeem, F., Veesenmeyer, A., Siongco, A., Rongkavilit, C. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: A California Infant With Insidious Left Wrist Swelling. June 2018.

Lee, Lauren A., MD, MPH; Sondermeyer Cooksey, Gail L., MPH; Kim, Janice J., MD, MPH; Kahal, Amandeep, MD; Gilliss, Debra, MD, MPH; Naeem, Fouzia, MD, MS; McCarty, James M., MD; Vugia, Duc J., MD, MPH. Pediatric Coccidioidomycosis: Case Series from a California Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinic. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: April 9, 2018 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue – p

Naeem, F. Uncovering the Mystery of Valley Fever. Valley Children's 2017 Annual Report. March 2018.

Rongkavilit, C. Understanding a silent epidemic in the Central Valley – Valley Fever., February 2018.

Mhaissen MN, Naeem F, Rongkavilit C. Coccidioidomycosis in children younger than 2 years of age: A Retrospective Review. 7th International Coccidioidomycosis Symposium. Palo Alto, CA. August 2017.

Naeem F, Mhaissen M, McCarty J, Rongkavilit C. Disseminated coccidioidomycosis among children in central California: Analysis of a single-institution experience. Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2017, San Francisco, CA. May 2017 (abstract 1532.2).

Gaab EM; Naeem F. Pediatric Coccidioidomycosis Patients: Perceptions, Quality of Life and Psychosocial Factors. August 2015