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David Ojcius

School of Natural Sciences

UC Merced's Health Sciences Research Institute is taking a step toward fighting valley fever. Despite evidence that as many as 80 percent of the residents in the San Joaquin Valley are exposed to the fungus that causes valley fever, there is little consensus around patients at highest risk of developing fungal infection, practical measures that can be taken to prevent exposure, treatment or reducing the burden of the disease on the people in the region.

Ojcius studies the early steps of the innate immune response to infections. They are starting a project to characterize the effects of inflammation on the outcome of valley fever in patients.

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Valley Fever