Valley Fever

pulmonary coccidioidomycosis

Dr. Rundbaken has developed a special interest in Valley Fever since moving to Arizona in 1997 as case rates have been increasing at epidemic levels exceeding now over 10,000 reported cases per year to the health department.

Dr. Rundbaken participates in yearly collaboration with the cocci study group in collaboration with physicians of California, Arizona and Mexico as well as being asked to be one of the founding members of the Valley Fever Alliance of Arizona in an effort to provide a mechanism in which physicians can be educated and collaborate on this most interesting infection.

Our clinic has been participating with Dr. Gary Cole with the University of Texas, San Antonio. Dr. Cole is a leader in Valley Fever vaccine research. We have been providing him with serum of our Valley Fever patients after informed consent has been obtained over the past five years in an effort to create an immune response that will give immunity to residents in the endemic area.

We treat all types of Valley Fever including pneumonia associated with Valley Fever called primary pulmonary coccidioidomycosis as well as the very difficult cases including Valley Fever in pregnancy and disseminated cases to the brain, bone and other locations.

Community lectures are available upon request. Dr. Rundbaken has spoken at Rotary Clubs, church groups, recreation centers, and community centers over the last 10 years.

Valley Fever Silent Epidemic

Valley Fever - Silent Epidemic

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VALLEY FEVER AKA (cocci) is a non-contagious respiratory illness caused by the desert fungi Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. The spectrum of the illness is broad, ranging from no significant symptoms (in 60 percent of cases) to more severe requiring medication and physician guidance for clinical resolution.

Symptoms may include fever, chills, sweats, cough, chest pain, joint pain, headaches, muscle aches, rash, fatigue (often pro- found). Valley fever symptoms are similar to viral and bacterial infections, thus the diagnosis is often delayed or missed alto- gether especially outside the desert southwest.

The mission of this book is to educate, raise awareness, and further ignite efforts to find better diagnosis and treatment of this enigmatic disease.

Praise for Valley Fever Silent Epidemic

“With his extensive clinical experience, Dr. Rundbaken has done a good job of presenting the complex world of valley fever. I recommend this book to patients, medical students and physicians.”

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“This book provides both patient and provider a concise and thorough summary of valley fever and why everyone should pay attention to this potentially devastating illness.”

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“Misdiagnosed five times, I was referred to Dr. Rundbaken and learned I had valley fever meningitis. He saved my life! This book is for anyone concerned about diagnosis and treatment”

“My job involves seeing the devastation of valley fever in patients … and then a relief from suffering. The disease is explained here in terms that everyone can understand.”