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)
Climate Change is Spreading a Debilitating Fungal Disease throughout the West

Experts say Valley fever, contracted by inhaling the cocci fungus that flourishes in Southwestern soils, is spiking on its home turf and migrating to new territories. While certain people are at heightened risk, the disease can strike anyone, 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. "If you get pneumonia in Arizona, around Phoenix or Tucson, it's about a one chance out of three that it's Valley Fever," he said. "But many people incorrectly diagnose it as a bacterial infection."

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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 669 physicians, all of whom received exceptional training from nine clinical partners and more than 2,600 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.