This CDC report found that coccidiomycosis infections (eg “valley fever”) have increased substantially, from ~5 to 43 (per 100,000 people) in endemic regions (eg southwest US). Hospitalists should include this in the differential of flu-like illnesses in patients who have been in the endemic region (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.