Cocci Clinic in Arizona Overview

The Cocci Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides a comprehensive multispecialty approach to treating Coccidioidomycosis (cocci), often referred to as valley fever. The Cocci Clinic includes physicians from many specialties, including Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary Medicine, Dermatology and Cardiothoracic Surgery. These doctors and surgeons collaborate to ensure you get the whole-person care you need.

Any person infected with coccidioides can be seen at the Cocci Clinic. You might be eligible for referral by your doctor for:

  • Routine follow-up in managing the disease
  • Difficulty in diagnosis when test results fail to give clear answers
  • Poor response to standard treatment and medications
  • Being at risk of complications or a spreading infection
  • Being unable to undergo standard treatment because of some other condition, such as allergies or concerns about toxicity
  • Immune system issues, such as undergoing transplant, chemotherapy or treatment for rheumatoid conditions

Benefits to being seen at the Cocci Clinic include:

  • Complete care in one location
  • Coordinated and expedited multispecialty evaluation
  • Comprehensive work-up
  • Expert opinion regarding diagnosis
  • Evaluation for other infections and implementation of a treatment follow-up plan
  • Future protocols for access to new medications not otherwise available

The incidence of cocci in Arizona has increased substantially over the last several years, affecting all age groups. Hospitalizations have also increased, indicating an increase in the numbers of people with severe disease.

If you develop influenza-like symptoms shortly after moving or traveling to Arizona, talk with your doctor about being tested for cocci. The peak periods for this condition tend to be November and March.

June 08, 2022