Valley Fever, a Fungal Disease, is Becoming More Common

Every year in the United States, there are about 200 deaths related to Valley fever. Just over 20,000 valley fever cases were reported in 2019, according to the federal health agency. John Galgiani, MD, director of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence at the University of Arizona and associate clinical professor of Internal Medicine with the College of Medicine – Phoenix, stresses that this type of infection is not at all contagious — it cannot be transmitted from one human to another, unlike COVID-19 or the flu.


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Founded in 2007, the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix inspires and trains exemplary physicians, scientists and leaders to optimize health and health care in Arizona and beyond. By cultivating collaborative research locally and globally, the college accelerates discovery in a number of critical areas — including cancer, stroke, traumatic brain injury and cardiovascular disease. Championed as a student-centric campus, the college has graduated more than 800 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,700 diverse faculty members. As the anchor to the Phoenix Bioscience Core, which is projected to have an economic impact of $3.1 billion by 2025, the college prides itself on engaging with the community, fostering education, inclusion, access and advocacy.