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Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2 Antifungal Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2: Antifungal Resistance

A Review of Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Microbes are: Bacteria Fungi Viruses Parasites Antimicrobial drugs are: Antibiotics for bacterial infections Antifungals for fungal infections Antivirals for viral infections Antiparasitics for parasitic infections Antifungal Resistance in Context First identified in 2009 in Japan from a man’s earwax, the fungus, Candida auris, has quickly spread around the…

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Is Blastomycosis the Same as Valley Fever?

Recently, we posted an article about Valley Fever, which triggered the question, “Is Valley Fever the same disease as Blastomycosis?” We can see how the confusion arose, so we decided to explore the similarities and differences. Blastomycosis and Valley Fever are both fungal infections. However, they are different because the fungus causing each disease is…

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Valley Fever on the Rise

  The Basics Valley Fever (also known as coccidioidomycosis) is caused by the fungi Coccidioides immitis and posadasii. Coccidioides spp. lives in the soil in predominately semi-arid climates such as Southwestern United States, Southeastern Washington State, Central and SouthAmerica. When the soil is disturbed, the fungus can break apart and its spores become airborne. When…

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Valley Fever and Dogs

On Monday, May 13, 2013, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition aired a very informative segment entitled, “Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest”. Valley Fever (aka San Joaquin Valley Fever and coccidioidomycosis) is spread by tiny spores that live in the soil and when they are disturbed, they can be inhaled into the…

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