Significant increases in coccidioidomycosis cases are placing substantial financial and public health burdens on Californians, according to a recent study in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Researchers from the California Department of Health reported that annual hospitalizations resulting from coccidioidomycosis increased from 1074 in 2000 to 3197 in 2011. The condition was responsible for 25 217 hospitalizations during those years, 62% of which were patients admitted with the illness for the first time. Of these first-time patients, 24% were readmitted during the study period. The median time from an initial hospitalization to readmission was 47 days; of those readmitted, 79% returned to the hospital within a year of being discharged from their initial hospitalization.
Coccidioidomycosis Hospital Bills Cost California Millions Each Year . JAMA. 2013;310(22):2390. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283223