A fungal infection caused by the fungus Coccidioides immitus which affects both dogs and people. It is found in the arid regions of the southwestern US. The fungal spores are found in the soil and are inhaled into the lungs. This fungus causes respiratory disease and can spread to other organs including bone, joints, lymph nodes, testicles, brain and liver. Clinical signs will depend on the organ affected and include fever, coughing, loss of appetite, lethargy and weight loss. Mild cases of coccidioidomycosis may recover without treatment, however this disease is potentially life-threatening. Antifungal medications are used for treatment.
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