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Mets: Ike Davis likey has valley fever
The team is concerned Davis has contracted valley fever. The Mets said in a statement Saturday that Davis' routine physical after his arrival at spring training included an abnormal chest X-ray. "Following additional tests here (Port St. Lucie) and in ...

Curious Nature: Spring fever means coyote love
Here in the valley, we all know what March brings … spring fever! We are all getting geared up for spring skiing and summer activities, and love is in the air. Believe it or not, coyotes also get spring fever as the females are in breeding condition ...

Lewis: Marathon fever takes over in Utah
Year after year, mayor James Truett has watched fitness enthusiasts descend all summer on his tiny town of Huntsville in the Ogden Valley for a ceaseless parade of bike tours, triathlons and road races. Truett is spearheading the creation of the new ...

against Rift Valley fever
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- African livestock researchers are joining forces in the fight against Rift Valley fever, a viral zoonosis that primarily affects animals but can also infect humans. Livestock researchers from the International Livestock Research ...

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Cgharrity RT @ProfessorParks: I thought I had Valley Fever earlier today but it turned out to be a lack of #want.

knucklehough Mets: Davis likely suffering from valley fever: The Mets are concerned Ike Davis has contracted valley fever. http://t.co/SFBN3FVm

jetschamps2010 RT @JonHeymanCBS: mets statement says davis likely has valley fever, has no symptoms but should avoid extreme fatgue. Expect it to resolve self

kosteryehyacint RT @MrZackeryWalls: Valley Fever who knew http:tcoYgk51DDo

Wannabe_Batman The more I hear about this, the more I wanna rip a phone book in half. Valley fucking fever? For real?

JakeHogan12 Idk what valley fever is, but if anyone in the mlb were to get it of course it had to be a met lol

Agrait16 So Ike Davis has fucking Valley Fever???? Wtf???? When does the bullshit end with the Mets? Can't make this shit up. #mets

Wannabe_Batman WHO THE FUCK GETS VALLEY FEVER?!?! THE FUCK METS! YOU GUYS GONNA CATCH SMALL POX NEXT!?!?

BaseMonster RT @Rotoinfo_MLB: #Mets : Ike Davis-1B : Davis is being treated for Valley Fever http://t.co/I6fQ3nYC

danyellbkqsweit RT @jugembot: Jugem最新words ranking -1 2012-3-3 2 valley fever 3 green book 4 cape breton 5 rush limba...

xusie_sports Mets say 1B Ike Davis likely has valley fever (Yahoo! Sports) http://t.co/Suq5yVve

MrZackeryWalls "Valley Fever" who knew > http://t.co/Ygk51DDo

Wannabe_Batman RT @AdamRubinESPN: Unbelievable: #Mets tell reporters Ike Davis has non-issue lung infection. Terry Collins & Ike tell team site he probably has Valley Fever.

Wannabe_Batman RT @SBerthiaumeESPN: Terry Collins says, #Mets are concerned Ike Davis has Valley Fever. #DBacks Conor Jackson had it in 2009 & played in only 30 games.

Wannabe_Batman RT @jorgearangure: Mets doctors, valley fever. What could possibly go wrong? #RIPIke

Discussions

Valley fever pregnancy question? by None of your buisness Q: I've had it for 3 years and have been on 200mg fluconazole. Can I still have a baby while having this disease?

A: Ask the doctor who is treating you AND ask your obstetrician.

Has anyone experienced Valley Fever? by Designer Girl Q: My dog was just diagnosed with Valley Fever. I was wondering if anyone else has been through this and how long their dog was on medication. Thanks!

A: I friend of mine was in Arizona a few years ago for a couple of months with his dog a german Shepherd. After he got back home, the dog started to become ill. When the vet heard where he had been he thought right away of Valley Fever. he was able to catch it quickly and get treatment started early. It still took several months to recover. It can take longer if it is not caught early, sometimes they do not fully recover until they die. Hopefuklly your dog is in the early stages of the disease..Here is a good link. http://dogs.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Canine_Valley_Fever

Lung surgery for Valley Fever? by boznian4life01 Q: my father has valley fever, which has made a hole in his top left lung. Doctors want to perform surgery where they will cut out the piece of the lung around the hole to fix the problem. Why would they do this? Will it heal well even if there has been heart surgery before 6 months?

A: Things will be fine my husband just had a partial lobectomy and it will actually help him feel better.

What is Valley Fever? by IceSCREAM Q: I need to know what valley fever is, the symptoms, and possible cures or ways to get better. please!!!!

A: This is a disease is called "Coccidiodomycosis" caused by the fungus "Coccidiodes Immitis" occurring mostly in the San Joaquin Valley Ca. Also in other southwestern states where agriculture is prevalent.The organism lives in the soil,and is transmitted to people by breathing the "spores" dust from the fields.This is classified as a benign self-limiting respiratory infection,causing some lesion in the lungs that can be seen on x-ray.Treatment is with oral and IV anti fungal drugs.This disease can worsen over time,due to exposure,and left untreated,it can damage the lungs and be fatal. Symptoms include low grade fever,lethargy,and other flu-like ,or bronchitis like symptoms. Productive cough,increase in lung secretions etc. Dx is by blood titers,and chest x-ray,and sputum cultures. Take care. SW RNP

Can you catch valley fever twice? by h00ligan Q: I thought it was a once and you are immune thing.. is that incorrect?

A: Yes it is INCORRECT. That is so twice I can't even buy a medallion in size to how wrong you are.

What class virus is the Rift Valley Fever Virus? by Q: (dsDNA, ssDNA, dsRNA,ssRNA,etc..)?

A: Its an Arbovirus.. Family Buniyaviridae.. so.. ssRNA

what about valley fever in AZ? by bergy700 Q: my dog is just getting over valley fever....but still has alot of medication to take..how long will she have to continue her meds.

A: It depends on the dog. Valley Fever often never goes away entirely and can 'flare up' at various points in their life, unfortunately. Some dogs (and people) are medicated for life, while some will go indefinitely without having a relapse. It will all depend on your specific dog. Finish the meds you have and talk to your vet about long-term management.

What are symptoms of Valley fever for dogs? by robinsondenyse Q:

A: It is found mostly in the Southwestern U.S. where temperatures are high and the soils are dry. The technical term for Valley Fever is Coccidioidomycosis, Dogs primarily contract Valley Fever in the low desert regions of Arizona, New Mexico and southwestern Texas and the central deserts of California. Dogs accompanying people traveling through these areas or wintering in these warm climates have about the same chance as their owners of being infected. The most common early symptoms of primary pulmonary Valley Fever in dogs are: coughing fever weight loss lack of appetite lack of energy Some or all of these symptoms may be present as a result of infection in the lungs. As the infection progresses, dogs can develop a severe pneumonia that is visible on x-rays. Sometimes the coughing is caused by pressure of swollen lymph nodes near the heart pressing on the dog’s windpipe and irritating it. These dogs sound like they have bronchitis Additional symptoms develop when the infection spreads outside the lungs and causes systemic or disseminated disease. This form of Valley Fever is almost always more serious than when it is only in the lungs. Signs of disseminated Valley Fever can include: lameness or swelling of limbs back or neck pain seizures and other manifestations of central nervous system swelling soft swellings under the skin that resemble abscesses swollen lymph nodes under the chin, in front of the shoulder blades, or behind the stifles non-healing skin ulcerations or draining tracts that ooze fluid eye inflammation with pain or cloudiness Some of these symptoms are very rare and most need to be differentiated from other diseases of dogs. Still other signs can develop that are referable to affected internal organs and may only be detected by your veterinarian. While the lungs are the most common site of Valley Fever in dogs, it can infect almost any tissue of the body. Sometimes a dog will skip any signs of having a primary infection in the lungs and only develop symptoms of disseminated disease, such as a swollen, lame leg but no coughing or fever, or fever, weight loss, and a draining tract, but eating and not coughing. cats can get the fever also

My dog has valley fever, any help ? by Suzie K Q: Any suggestions for my yorkie who has valley fever ? She's on meds and doing OK but, I think she could do better. Any tips would be helpful. She has seen a vet and is being treated. Just looking for a little extra help for my baby

A: If you went to the vet just follow his suggestions. Lots of belly rubs, hugs and kisses. Keep baby near you to make sure everything is good. Make sure she's drinking lots of water as well. Best of luck

If I have a dog with Valley Fever, and I get another dog, could the new dog get the fever? by Chalie C Q: I am just wondering. We think our dog is getting better, well we know he is. And we were thinking about getting another dog, or fostering. But we didn't know if we could bring in a new dog while our dog is on medication, with out the new dog getting it. Or if we would have to wait. (:

A: No. You get Valley Fever by inhaling the spores. Basically, it's a mold in the ground that will grow when the ground is really, really wet. Then, it gets hot, everything dries out, and if you dig, or disturb the ground, you'll uncover the spores that will get kicked up into the air, and thus, you inhale it. Usually, it doesn't effect you, unless something hits your immune system. I believe that once you have it, you always technically have it, though you won't always be sick, and a lot of people have inhaled the spores, but haven't been effected. So no, another dog will not catch it from the dog that is being effected by Valley Fever. Just Google it, and you can find all kinds of info.

I just got a positive diagnosis for valley fever... what does this mean? by blueorchid_chic Q: I had some blood work done because I have multiple swollen lymph nodes, I was tired, and I had sore muscles. The blood work came back positive for something called "valley fever." aside from a little tired, occasional headaches, sore muscles and swollen lymph nodes... I feel fine. So I was a little freaked out when I read on the internet that you could die from this, and that there's a "Valley Fever Survivors" web page. Am I going to be really sick and possibly die? I'm only 17 and I feel pretty healthy... my doctor perscribed some a "medical regimine" which I have to undergo for the next 6 months, I just wish I knew what was in store.

A: Valley Fever is a name for coccidioidomycosis. Some people call it "cocci" (pronounced "COX-ee") for short. It is a lung infection cause by a fungus called Coccidioides immitis. People contract Valley Fever by inhaling the microscopic spores of this fungus. These spores naturally occur in the soil, and strong wind storms can kick them up into our breathing spaces. Valley Fever is dangerous because it can turn into pneumonia if you are moderately to severely ill. In rare cases, it can cause a type of meningitis. But most people who test positive for Valley Fever are either asymptomatic (no symptoms), or they came in contact with the fungus and cleared it right away with no problems. Such is often the case if you are young and healthy. Of course, you did say you were fatigued and feeling kinda yucky. Fatigue is a common sign of Valley Fever. When I was a kid, if I took too many naps, my mom would suspect Valley Fever. Not all people who have symptoms get severe symptoms. Many of my friends who had Valley Fever were sluggish, needed some bed rest and were excused from gym class for the term. It is like having mononucleosis. Then again, people have died of Valley Fever and they have gotten VERY sick from it. My father was very ill with it for 4 months. He couldn't work and he was on an IV for some of that time. Not good when you are the town doctor! Still, the people who are most susceptible to complications are the ones with underlying lung problems (like smoking-related illnesses), people with crappy immune systems, and the generally-susceptible, like the elderly. If your doctor is medicating you for Valley Fever, then I'd say you probably have it. But if you are as okay as you say you are, then you're probably just a mild case. Get plenty of rest and try to stay healthy.

VALLEY FEVER ON DOGS...I want to know if anyone else is going through this or has? Symptoms, treatments? by Gauge Q: I already took my dog to the vet got him on medication, but I want to know other peoples experiences. and what happens, how long does it take for valley fever to go away. Thx.

A: You need to do some serious research on this one. I had never heard of it living in one of the northern states but it is not limited to dogs, it affects all animal life with lungs including humans. It is caused by spores in the wind and not a bacteria so you can come down with it quite often. If your dog has it, you can get it also though not from your dog but from the wind blowing the spores and you breathing them in. Please research carefully for your health and your animals' health.

What do you feed a dog that has lost its appetite due to Valley Fever? by hornfan0102 Q:

A: Try satin balls http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.htm You can feed as an only meal it is used for dogs that have been starve, malnourished and for recovery of sick animals

What is valley fever, and what are the symptoms? by Q:

A: Valley Fever is actually an infection by a fungus that enters the body through the airways. It is indigenous to certain areas, primarily the southwest United States, and can be contracted there by simply walking in areas where the fungus resides in the soil. Typical symptoms involve a long term cough that eventually resolves on its own (antibiotics make it worse, usually, as they eliminate the bacterial competition of the fungus). Scarring on the lungs is not unheard of. However, if the disease escapes the lungs and enters other areas of the body it can cause serious complications, including permanent disability and death. Once contracted, the fungus can become dormant, but will never fully go away. There is no cure, but some medication can assist the body in fighting the fungus off.

Is Valley Fever curable, or do you have it for life? by Q: My friend says he has it, and that he will have it for life. Is that true, or will it be cured if you just keep taking meds for it?

A: The infection goes away about 95% of the time. People that develop chronic infections are mostly ones that have existing chronic respiratory problems, diabetes, a weakened immune system, or over 70 years old.

Anybody have a successful pregnancy while having valley fever? by None of your buisness Q:

A: Here is what i've found on the subject... work closly with your doctor... all you can do is what your doctor recommends you do... the rest is out of your control.... best wishes If you are in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, live in or visit an endemic region, and contract Valley Fever, you have a significantly higher risk for a severe disseminated infection. Before antifungal drugs were used to combat cocci almost all cases of pregnant women with Valley Fever died. Even though doctors presently have drugs that can help the mother, some antifungals like fluconazole and ketaconazole can cause birth defects or even kill the baby. If you plan to visit an endemic region during your pregnancy, you may wish to consider the health risks as a part of your decision-making. Only you can decide what risks you are willing to take with your life and your baby's life. "Infections acquired during pregnancy are often aggressive. The risk of disseminated disease, as well as maternal and fetal or neonatal [young baby] mortality, increases the later in pregnancy the infection is acquired. Termination of pregnancy or early delivery should be considered, depending on the stage of pregnancy, and amphotericin B therapy given. This treatment appears to be safe for the fetus if the pregnancy is continued. Infants who acquire C. immitis infection in the postnatal period also have a higher mortality rate than older children and adults." (Stevens DA. Current concepts: coccidioidomycosis. N Engl J Med 1995;332:1077-82)

What is the chance of survival with someone with valley fever?!? by nonexistant Q: I live in Arizona where we live out in the middle of nowhere basically, and my mom found out through a CT scan that she has it, she has to take meds for 6 months + we don't know how long, but what they told her. Turns out she has had it for awhile now, and she has a whole in her lungs. I was wandering what is the chance she might die from it?! hole in her lungs, btw it is the size of a nickle.

A: Chances of survival are extremely strong. It is rarely fatal. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/valley-fever/DS00695

My dog has valley fever and his lost the use if his back legs with treatment can he regain use? by chica20 Q: is his case past the point of getting better and should i put him down?

A: He needs to be assessed by the vet...caught early enough, Valley Fever can be treated and remedied, but let go can prove to be fatal. (Not a lot of people know about this disease...it's really only found in the desert regions, so you probably won't get too much info here. I'm a 20-year-veteran professional trainer and longer pre-professional before leaving corporate America for greener pastures and greater loves! I've had little experience with this, but I do have knowledge of it...it's a very sad condition...good luck.) If he is otherwise healthy and pain-free, you may want to consider getting a cart for him if you don't want to put him down...smaller dogs take to them better than larger breeds, and there is some work involved to train them how to deal with it, but that's your call. It's easier to say "I wouldn't do that" when it's not yours...I've had dogs that being put in a cart would destroy their moral, but I've seen dogs take to it like it was the most natural thing and they were unbelievably happy to have their mobility back...you know your dog best.

What is Valley Fever? I have to do a school report on it!? by Kelsey * Q: I have to write a report on Valley Fever and I can't find enough information to cover 2 typed pages.

A: try looking up coccidioidomycosis these are some good references you might find helpful: www.cdc.gov www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html www.doctorfungus.org

what are the symtoms of valley fever in people? by Diane b Q: Yahoo! My Yahoo! Mail Welcome, pbolde1 [Sign Out, My Account] Home - Help - Forum What's going on in Answers? Search Yahoo! Answers: Advanced My Q&AHome > Preview Your Question Preview Your Question Question: I want to know about valley fever in people, the symptoms etc....? I went from having bronchitis two weeks ago, to having a very bad sore throat, headache,dizzy, having a hard time urinating,weekness, I woke up this morning and my throat was so swollen that everytime I tried to drink something it came out my nose holes. Any idea what in the heck I have, could it be valley fever? I have checked my temp., but it always comes out normal, I have a natural low body temp. so, I never really know if I have a fever or not. Category: Health > Diseases & Conditions > Respiratory Diseases Answers International: United States United Kingdom Canada Australia India Yahoo! does not evaluate or guarantee the accuracy of any Yahoo! Answers content. Click here for the Full Disclaimer. Help us improve Yahoo! Answers. Tell us what you think. Copyright © 2006 Yahoo! Inc. All Rights Reserved. Copyright/IP Policy - Privacy Policy - Terms of Service - Community Guidelines

A: Valley fever is another name for the sometimes deadly infection coccidioidomycosis. It is called valley fever because the organism that causes it is commonly found in the soil of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and parts of Central and South America. Valley fever usually affects the lungs. When it affects other parts of the body, it is called disseminated valley fever. SYMPTOMS About 60% of infected persons have no symptoms. The rest develop flu-like symptoms that can last for a month and tiredness that can sometimes last for longer than a few weeks. A small percentage of infected persons (<1%) can develop disease that spreads outside the lungs to the brain, bone, and skin (disseminated disease). Without proper treatment, valley fever can lead to severe pneumonia, meningitis, and even death.

If Valley Fever symptoms are gone, do I still need to see a doctor? by Rebecca Q: Several guys on my husbands job site have been diagnosed and even hospitalized with Valley Fever. My husband has been sick for a week with flu like symptoms. He saw a doctor on Sunday and they gave him antibiotics (but really didn't know what was wrong). Now that we know what they've been exposed to we thought he should be tested. But he's feeling better now. At this point, is there any reason to be tested? And if he's healed, wouldn't the test be negative...whether he originally had it or not???

A: Valley Fever causes something that acts like an upper-respiratory illness in most people, and you are usually immune to reinfections. This isn't the peak period for infections, but if he's working construction and they are bulldozing desert dirt, it's easy to get. Some reasons for testing: If he knows he has had it, it means that any further episodes like this are probably NOT Valley Fever. It can leave minor spots and scarring in the lungs that looks like TB or lung cancer to doctors who aren't familiar with Valley Fever.

what is osteomylitis -husbands med records state this and he has recently suffered from"valley fever" a lung? by what the heck! Q: from "valley fever" a lung disease in arizona dirt mold spores he was a farm worker- he had so long that it actually ate 2 vertebea in his spine and he required surgery and 4 bars in his back- is osteomylitis the vertebrea damage fromthis?

A: Osteomyelitis is another term for 'bone infection' (like pneumonia is another term for 'lung infection' and sinusitis is another term for 'sinus infection').

Why all the world-wide fuss about avian flu and none about rift-valley fever, yet both are viral? by TiEL Q: There was a world-wide scare when avian flu broke out in Asia last year. In Kenya, where I reside, there has been a recent outbreak of Rift-valley fever, which has killed almost 150 people in less than four months. This is more than Avian flu has killed so far. While avian flu affects mostly birds, Rift valley fever affects animals like cows, goats etc.. Both are viral, and both at times infect humans. In either case, human fatalities on infection is not a must. Why isn't there a similar concern with Rift valley fever as there was with avian flu? Is one less virulent, or less dangerous than the other? What makes avian flu more dangerous?

A: Avian flu is a type of influenza virus whereas Rift valley is not. Rift valley is spread mostly by mosquitoes, as are many other diseases, and prevention takes the form of wearing repellant, light clothes, modifying outdoor behavior, etc. Avian flu is transmitted by affected birds, and the only clues of its presence in birds is when the birds get sick and quickly die thereafter. By the time an outbreak among birds is noticed, there is a good chance that it has spread to humans. The fatality rate for RVT is 1 percent, whereas for H5N1, 64 percent of those infected died last year. FATALITY RATE, and TRANSMISSION is the reason why bird flu is so much more serious than Rift Valley fever.

I have a rash and I think it is from Valley Fever? by murbacha Q: I have a rash and I believe it is related to Valley Fever. You can view it at http://hubpages.com/hub/ValleyFeverDiary. It itches and then it dries up but comes back.

A: It may be valley fever, but there are so many different causes of rashes that it is very difficult to narrow down any specific cause of one, especially without being able to see it. Common categories of rash are: scaly patches of skin not caused by infection, scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection, red, itchy bumps or patches over the body, such as on the chest and back. Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other health-care professional. Check this site for good information and you may be able to figure out what is going on. http://www.medicinenet.com/rash/article.htm

What is rift valley fever? by Ogega Q: The current disease the Kenya government is tackling. I want a scientific explanation of the cause of this diseases and why it is called rift valley fever?

A: The references given have much of the information you need. If you do a simple web search on the term you will find hundreds of other sites with further explanations.

I f a dog has valley fever and is taking the medication for about 10 days is vomiting common after this long >? by Sheryl W Q: Symptoms of vomiting and coughing began over last 2 days.

I need sites for natural anti-fungals to attack valley fever,list them please? by Linda T Q: I have been taking 200-300Mg's of fluconozole for 11 months.I will be taking Amphotericin-B infusions 3xweekly now also. Bad side effects from both treatments. I would like to find information on natural and nutritional anti-fungals that can help me battle this infection. Please help!

A: Coccidioidomycosis is a pulmonary or hematogenous disease caused by the fungus Coccidioides immitis, usually occurring as an acute benign asymptomatic or self-limited respiratory infection. The organism occasionally disseminates to cause focal lesions in other tissues. Symptoms, if present, are those of lower respiratory infection or low-grade nonspecific disseminated disease. Diagnosis is suspected by clinical and epidemiologic characteristics and confirmed by chest x-ray, culture, and serology. Treatment, if needed, is usually with fluconazole, itraconazole, or amphotericin B.

Is a valley fever deadly to dogs? How long will it take to recover? by Zachery S Q:

A: Yes it can be, and treatment can last from 6-12 months..wow!.. Here is what one web site says (there is a lot more, link below): Like people, dogs are very susceptible to Valley Fever. Dogs primarily contract Valley Fever in the low desert regions of Arizona, New Mexico and southwestern Texas and the central deserts of California. Dogs accompanying people traveling through these areas or wintering in these warm climates have about the same chance as their owners of being exposed. Valley Fever is not contagious, but is acquired from the environment by dogs and humans alike. Dogs contract Valley Fever by inhaling spores distributed by wind and construction, and probably by digging and poking their curious noses in rodent burrows. Many dogs become infected with Valley Fever but do not become visibly ill or have only mild symptoms that are overlooked by owners and go away on their own. A lot of dogs are not so lucky and get very sick from the fungus. http://www.nndda.org/CanineCocci.pdf

Anyone ever give their dog fluconazole for valley fever? by Jennifer O Q: Looking for personal experiences as I already know the statistics from the vet. How long did it take your dog to recover? Did they do well on the medication?

A: never had a dog with valley fever. I would trust the advice of your vet. They know best and should know the recovery time.

My golden retriever has valley fever is this usually cured over time? by Q: The vet gave him fluconazole 280 mg for this. It is a Anti fungal medicine. I believe women take it for yeast infections also.

A: My dog had valley fever also, and yes he did get cured with the Anti fungal medicine. He was on it for six months and then we did a titer test on him to see where his levels tested and he was down to nearly zero so we stopped the medicine. The vet wanted to keep him on it for a year but I said no if his levels are down I am stopping him, besides it was very expensive at that time(6 years ago in Arizona). He was fine and lived another 5 years after that. He was a older dog when he got valley fever.

Does the public have a right to be told that by breathing the air you could get Valley Fever ? by shan052069 Q: Valley Fever is a "local secret" just by breathing the air you could get VF and have your life changed forever. Mohave County is an epicidemic area there is no cure

A: The alternative to not breathing is ......... death. The best defense is a good offense offer facts and prevention. Valley Fever is caused by Coccidioides immitis, a fungus somewhat like yeast or mildew which lives in the soil. The disease is not contagious from person to person and it appears that after one exposure the body will develop immunity.About sixty percent of the people exposed do not get sick at all. For some, it may feel like a cold or the flu. For those sick enough to go see the doctor, it can be serious, with pneumonia-like symptoms, requiring medication and bed rest. In individuals who develop the disseminated form (one or more out of two hundred people infected) the disease can be devastating, even fatal. Valley fever can usually be treated with fungus-killing medicines. This fact sheet is for information only and is not meant to be used for self-diagnosis or as a substitute for consultation with a health-care provider.

What is the treatment for for a senior aged dog with canine Valley Fever? by amanda p Q: My 13 year old English Springer living in Arizona has Valley Fever. What has been the success rate for treatment?

A: There is an excellent article on the website: http://www.dlrrphoenix.org/vf.html Looks like there is a fairly good chance with proper medications. What does your vet think?

My dog is on medication to treat valley fever and I lost his pill bottle, what happens? by silver wings Q: Will the vet represcibe it, or do I contact the pharmacy?

A: Probably you should call the vet and have him call in a new prescription unless there were refills available on the current prescription, in which case, call the pharmacy and order a refill.

is Valley fever in a dog contagious? by Q: Does anyone know if Valley fever in dogs is contagious to humans or other animals?

A: It is a fungal disease found in the soil and if more than one dog or even humans acquire it, it is because they were exposed to the same fungus in the same area. For more information on this disease: http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/fungal.html

once you have the valley fever can it come back? by Q: I have valley fever and wondering that if once you have it should not come back.

A: May be. What is Valley Fever? 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. The medical name for Valley Fever is coccidioidomycosis. Where is Valley Fever found? It is found mostly in the Southwestern U.S. where temperatures are high and the soils are dry. How long does it take to develop symptoms of Valley Fever? It normally takes between one and four weeks. Is Valley Fever contagious? No. You cannot get it from another person or from an animal.

can dogs get valley fever, and what are the systems? is it possible they can die from valley fever? by jtyt4225 Q: this "freind" was taken care of my bull-mastive and he claimed that my dog Sonnyboy, died of valley-fever and he waited untill Sonny was already buried and in the ground before he told me.All I needed was for this "freind" to care for Sonny untill I got moved out of my apartment into my house, before I could get him back, Sonny died. Is there anything I can do about this, how would i prove he was neglagent in caring for Sonny? Is it possible that he could of caught valley-fever and died within 2-3 weeks?

A: My neighbor's dog has/had Valley Fever in his back leg bone. The vet said he had it for a very long time for it to progress into his bones. He is now on medication, has been for a year, and is fine. I find it very hard to believe a dog can die from it in a few short weeks. Good luck.

Can i still get pregnant even though i have valley fever? by Q: Me and my boyfriend have been trying to have a baby for almost three months.We want one and think were ready very badly.my periods are 3weeks apart and im very healthy.Then,just 3weeks ago i was told i have valley fever.But,my body is handling it fine without treatment.the only medicane i am taking is for my 2bumps on my leg to go away.. Can this be wat is stopping me from becoming pregnant?

Can you cure Valley Fever in Dogs, if so how? by n7xlq Q: I have friend who dog is diagnosed with Valley Fever. Can this be treated and cured. If so how?

A: Valley Fever, known as Canine Cocci, can not only be treated but, in many cases, can be cured. Diagnosis, treatment and outcome depend on the severity of the illness and the area(s) in the body that have been infected (lungs, brain, spinal cord, bones, etc). Treatment may need to be continued long term and the disease can reoccur. Check out the site listed below for detailed information about the disease, it's treatment, etc. There are a variety of drugs available to treat Canine Cocci and the vet will be be the one to determine the medication that is best suited to the situation. Antibiotics are not used since Valley Fever Disease is a fungal infection.

prognosis on desimminated valley fever in dogs? by Tami E Q: I live in glendale az and my great dane just was diagnosed with valley fever and was told it was in her spinal column and brain. Not much information was given to me but that she needs to be on antibiotics and anti seizure medication for at least a year. Does anyone have any information that might be helpful for me?

A: Valley Fever is another name for the infection coccidioidomycosis. It is called Valley Fever because the organism that causes it grows naturally in the soil of our valley. However, it also flourishes in other parts of Southwestern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. Valley Fever is caused by Coccidioides immitis, a fungus. The fungus produces spores that can be inhaled when they get into the air. Spores are hardy forms of the fungus that can live for a long time in harsh environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and drought. The fungus grows in the soil and matures, drying into fragile strands of cells. The strands are very delicate, and when digging, walking, construction, high winds disturb the soil, the strands break apart into tiny individual fungal spores. Dogs and people acquire Valley Fever by inhaling these fungal spores in the dust raised by the disturbance. The dog may inhale only a few spores or many hundreds. The sickness Valley Fever occurs when the immune system does not kill the spores quickly and they continue to spread in the lungs and sometimes throughout the body. In most cases, a dog ill enough from Valley Fever to be seen by a veterinarian will require treatment with antifungal medication. Courses of medication are usually extensive, averaging 6-12 months; dogs with the disease in bones, skin, or internal organs usually require longer courses of medication; central nervous system (brain or spinal cord) involvement frequently requires lifetime treatment with medication to keep symptoms from recurring. Oral antifungal medication in the form of daily pills or capsules is the usual treatment for Valley Fever. The good news is that most dogs, with adequate antifungal therapy, do recover from this disease, especially with early diagnosis and intervention. Dogs with infection only in the lungs have the best prognosis for recovery and usually respond the quickest to treatment. Dogs with disseminated infection have a more guarded prognosis. This site can give you more information about Valley Fever also: http://www.vfce.arizona.edu/

Is it legal to buy Valley Fever medicine for my dog on-line from Mexico? by purplegoatygoat Q: Pooka just got diagnosed with Valley Fever :( The 3 medications that she will be taking are tremendously expensive.) I've been shopping around, but....wow. If it's legal, I might like to get them from Mexico. If they can't be sent, I could drive there, Nogales is about 2 hrs away; But I'd like to know the prices. Does anyone know of a farmacia website?

A: i buy many of the meds for my dogs from MedsMex.com....yep, as long as you KNOW what you need it is safe and legal..They usually take 11 days for delivery. the shipping is $10 no matter how much you order, so it pays to order as much as you will need at one order.

Is it Normal for puppies with valley fever to have a runny nose? by [k]Beth Q: My Puppy, Brody is a Boxer, hes 6 months and he has valley fever. hes being treated for it and everything, i already took him to the vet. hes on Fluconazole, but he has a runny nose it comes and goes, its kinda green. i dnt know if its just a symptom for Valley Fever or if its a side effect from Fluconazole?? anyone??

A: its one of they symptoms of Valley Fever since its usually obtained by sniffing in the dirt. The mode of entry for this disease is the nasal passage. So it can be the sickness or in combination to other things that were snuffed up into his nose. Vet is the best to ask about this.

ARIZONA Is there such a thing as Valley fever? by Bartoo Q: I got flu like symptoms and LOC about a week after being caught in a dust storm and was told it had gotten in my lungs a virus called valley fever. Is there such a thing?

A: You better believe there is! I grew up in Arizona and my dog got it if you think you have it you might wanna hurry to the doctor. look up the symptoms online and if you have them go to the doctor!!!

How long will valley fever last? by peacepipea Q: After a lung biopsy, I was finally diagnosed with valley fever. My lung collapsed twice from the biopsy and subsequent lung tubes. How long will I be in pain and exhausted?

A: Unfortunately it'll take quite a while. I know a baseball player who got sick with valley fever and ended up missing the entire season.

Looking for a vet, our dog has chronic valley fever and I'm wondering the type of medication prescribed? by Roxann W Q: Our dog has been diagnosed with chronic valley fever. She is 11 years old. The medication she was put on is fluconazole four times a day at 200 milligrams. This is a very expensive medication. If we go more than a week without dispensing the medication she is coughing and wheezing bad. I was just wondering if there were any other medications out there that would be either just as or more effective. Thanks in advance for any adavice.

A: ketoconazole is a cheaper alternitive but the side effects are worse... Ketoconazole (Nizoral) has the highest incidence of side effects. Loss of appetite is the most common and may be severe in some dogs. Others include lightening of the haircoat (may grey in blacks), vomiting, diarrhea, elevated liver enzymes, and reduced fertility of males. Giving the drug with food may reduce gastrointestinal side effects as well as improving absorption of the medicine. The coat color effects reverse with discontinuation of the medication (with the exception of a few black dogs this author has heard about that have remained grey). Liver enzymes are monitored by routinely testing your dog’s blood. If your veterinarian determines that they are significantly elevated, the medication may be stopped or the dose decreased. Itraconazole (Sporanox) may also cause lack of appetite and GI signs, though with less frequency than ketoconazole. It may increase liver enzymes. Occasionally, itraconazole can cause ulcerated lesions of the skin. If this happens, a reduction in dose may clear it up, or your dog may need to be treated with a different medication. Monitoring of liver enzymes is as for ketoconazole. Fluconazole (Diflucan) has the fewest side effects. Gastrointestinal signs can occur, though are often mild, and elevations in liver enzymes are relatively uncommon. Unlike itraconazole and ketoconazole, fluconazole is mainly eliminated by the kidneys. Dose reductions may be needed in animals with poor kidney function. Liver enzymes also need to be monitored because of occasional problems with enzyme elevations. Fluconazole has minimal to no effect on male fertility. So, You have to pay more money or deal with the side effects... because there really is only these few treatments.

Can Valley Fever in dogs go away by itself? by brent c Q: There is a possibility that my 1yr old Bullmastiff/shep mix might have Valley Fever. He's had a small limp that is obvious sometimes and sometimes not. Anyways, he went and got his shots today and a vet said it could be valley fever. We haven't done any tests yet to know for sure but was wondering if a dogs immune system can fight VF off by itself? I've been reading all about it on the internet but can't find anything to answer that.

A: I'm assuming you mean the Valley fever caused by a fungal infection. As far as I know, a dog cannot fight it off by itself, and the medicine for it is quite expensive. Good luck.

Is a dog with Valley Fever more apt to get Kennel Cough if exposed? by Q: Is a dog with Valley Fever more apt to get Kennel Cough if exposed? I have an adult dog being treated for Valley Fever with potential exposure to Kennel Cough. Is my dog at greater risk for getting Kennel Cough and if so, will Kennel Cough be treatable along with Valley Fever or will K.C. adversely effect the V.F. treatment?

What happens if you get pregnant if you have valley fever? by Q: I have valley fever like for 3 months already and im on medication called fluconazole 200 mg and i been going to the doctor and he told me that i couldn't get pregnant.. why is that? help plz.

A: The Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona in Tucson is your best resource for Valley Fever related questions. Here's a section from their website FAQ section: Are pregnant more at risk of getting disseminated Valley Fever? Women in their third trimester of pregnancy are at a high risk of developing disseminated Valley Fever due to normal hormonal changes that cause decease in function of immune system. However, most pregnant women with Valley Fever do fine. If you are pregnant and think you have Valley Fever, you should visit your physician. When the baby is born to a pregnant woman infected with Valley Fever. Can baby have it? Valley Fever is rare in newborn babies. Most babies who get Valley Fever probably acquire it during or shortly after birth, through inhaling fungal spores from the environment. Source: www.vfce.arizona.edu They held a series of lectures last weekend, one covering the topic of pregnancy. The attached link has e-mail addresses for contacts for specific questions. http://opa.ahsc.arizona.edu/newsroom/news/2010/ua-valley-fever-center-excellence-schedules-public-events-valley-fever-awareness- Hope this helps! All the best.

How long can Valley Fever stay dormant in a greyhound before causing real heath problems? by Alice R Q: My greyhound raced in Arizona but has live in BC with us for 5 almost 6 years. She has always had minor coughing and lameness due to what we thought was arthritis. In November of 2006 she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). OS tends to take dogs quickly and we opted for pain management only but now 9 months later she has a large tumor in her right leg and is sometimes completely lame and other times looks fine and runs full speed. She eats well and most of the time is a happy dog. Someone has suggested this could be Valley Fever but is it possible almost 6 years later? Vets up here do not know of Vallet fever so i am trying to do research before bringing this possibility to them.

A: Symptoms show up 3 weeks after infection - coughing, fever, weight loss, lack of appetite and lack of energy. If your grey hasn't had all those symptoms ever since you've had her, she can't have valley fever. However, there's a simple blood test that can be done to be sure - it's called a cocci titer. I'm so very sorry your girl has bone cancer. My oldest guy is having pains and limping - and my first thought was, of course, bone cancer. He doens't have it - he's got some rather serious neck problems which we're treating right now with acupuncture and chiro treatments. I'm praying they work. Best wishes to you and your girl.

valley fever? by None of your buisness Q: I have valley fever and have had it for 2 years. I would like to get pregnant for the first time, would that be a bad idea for this disease? I do take medication daily, 400mg of fluconazole.

A: this is something to ask your dr not us sorry we cant help

Valley fever? by pita Q: I was just handed a letter from my childs school that the teacher has caught Valley fever. She said it is not contagious but it makes her very sick and tired. It sounds as if she isn't coming back next year but is going to finish the school year. She said in the letter that there is no medicine she can take to make it go away...so I take it it is permanent but is it deadly?

A: It's not very deadly (less than 1% of victims die, usually immuno impaired), nor is it permanant. Valley fever is a fungal disease that infects the lungs. Read about it on the link below

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