Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of
Medicine, MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia
"Coccidioidomycosis is a disease caused by breathing in spores of a fungus (Coccidioides immitis) found
in soil in desert regions of the southwestern U.S., Mexico, and Central and South America. It usually
affects the lungs, but can spread elsewhere in the body..."