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The University of Texas at San Antonio Infectious Disease Researchers Advancing Vaccine Against Valley Fever



7/7/2009 8:04:41 AM

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UTSA -- (July 7, 2009) -- San Antonio … Medical mycologists in The South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) and the Department of Biology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have significantly advanced the fight against San Joaquin Valley Fever, a respiratory infection of humans, commonly called Valley Fever, which is caused by the Coccidioides fungus. For the first time, the researchers have genetically engineered a live, attenuated vaccine that successfully protects mice against Valley Fever, known in scientific circles as coccidioidomycosis.


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