valley fever


Examples of valley fever in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web English said little attention has yet been paid to his group’s discovery on the site of the soil-dwelling fungus Coccidioides, which causes valley fever. Melody Petersen, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2024 But quashing valley fever isn’t always a given, even for healthy individuals. Zoya Teirstein, WIRED, 17 Feb. 2024 And providers in Arizona need to be on the lookout for valley fever, a potentially deadly and often misdiagnosed upper-respiratory infection, Kadri said. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024 Patients in California undergo treatment for valley fever. Zoya Teirstein, WIRED, 17 Feb. 2024 The 6-year-old cheetah passed away Dec. 27 after being diagnosed with valley fever a few months ago. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Jan. 2024 Symptoms of valley fever often include fatigue, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, night sweats, muscle aches or joint pain and rash on upper body or legs. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024 Since the symptoms overlap with other respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, lab tests can sometimes be needed to determine whether the infection is valley fever. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2023 One-half of valley fever cases are from Maricopa County. Abigail Celaya, The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2023

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Word History


from its prevalence in the San Joaquin valley of California

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valley fever was in 1938

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“Valley fever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

valley fever

val·​ley fever ˈval-ē- How to pronounce valley fever (audio)

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