John Galgiani, MD (photo courtesy of UArizona Health Sciences)
John Galgiani, MD (photo courtesy of UArizona Health Sciences)

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John Galgiani, MD (photo courtesy of UArizona Health Sciences)
John Galgiani, MD (photo courtesy of UArizona Health Sciences)
Valley Fever Vaccine Still Years Away

Valley fever is a disease caused by fungal spores that live in the desert dirt. Treatments exist, but a vaccine has eluded science for 60 years. "We have a vaccine that we just published a big summary on," said 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. "It is a vaccine that we've demonstrated protects dogs." However, A vaccine for humans will take years of clinical trials.

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