Coccidioidomycosis is a systemic fungal infection endemic to parts of the southwestern United States and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere (Bronnimann and Galgiani, 1989). In most patients, Coccidioides immitis produces relatively minor and transient symptoms typical of a subacute respiratory illness that may not even need medical attention. Occasionally, such early infections are identified by seeing characteristic spherules in respiratory secretions, recovering C. immitis in culture, or detecting highly specific anticoccidioidal antibodies in a patient’s serum. For this stage of infection, treatment is not required to resolve the illness if the patient is otherwise healthy.
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