NEWS | September 13, 2018

2018 UC Davis Health Symposium on Valley Fever, Sept. 20


Preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health suggests that 2018 may prove to be the worst year on record for the number of reported cases of Valley Fever, with a large spike of new cases diagnosed so far in September. At least some of these new cases appear to be among firefighters who fought the recent historic blazes in California. 

Find out more about the how UC Davis specialists are working to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Valley Fever and what lies ahead at a symposium, held Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Genome and Biomedical Sciences Building on the Davis campus.

The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the UC Davis Center for Valley Fever and UC Davis School of Medicine.

Invited speakers

  • Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., chair of molecular microbiology & immunology and the Alfred & Jill Somner Professor and Chair at Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine
  • Luiz Goulart, Ph.D., professor of genetics, molecular biology & nanotechnology at the Institute of Genetics and Biochemistry, and director of the Laboratory for Nanobiotechnology, Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil

UC Davis speakers

  • George Thompson, M.D. – medical director, Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, co-director Center for Valley Fever, associate professor of medicine in the Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology and the Division of Infectious Disease
  • Ian McHardy, Ph.D. – director, Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, co-director Center for Valley Fever, assistant professor of medical microbiology & immunology
  • Satya Dandekar, Ph.D. – professor and chair of medical microbiology and immunology
  • Jonathan Dear, D.V.M. – assistant professor, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Angela Gelli, Ph.D. – professor of pharmacology, School of Medicine
  • Stephen McCurdy, M.D., M.P.H .– professor emeritus, Public Health Sciences & Internal Medicine

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About Valley Fever

Found mostly in the western U.S., Vally Fever is caused by the fungus coccidioidomycosis, which thrives as microscopic spores in arid soil. When the ground is disturbed by wind, construction, farming or other movements, the spores become airborne. When inhaled, they infect the lungs, and in rare cases, can invade other parts of the body, including the central nervous system and brain, via the bloodstream.