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coccidioidomycosis coc·cid·i·oi·do·my·co·sis (kŏk-sĭd'ē-oi'dō-mī-kō'sĭs)
An infectious respiratory disease of humans and other animals caused by inhaling the fungus Coccidioides immitis; it is characterized by fever and various respiratory symptoms. Also called valley fever.
desert fever des·ert fever (děz'ərt)
See primary coccidioidomycosis.
an infectious disease caused by inhalation of spores of the fungus Coccidioides immitis. C. immitis can be found in the soil, and most infections occur during dry spells in semiarid regions of the southwestern United States, especially around the San Joaquin Valley, and in the Chaco region of Argentina; dust storms have caused outbreaks of the infection in humans.