Coccidioidomycosis Seroincidence and Risk among Military Personnel, Naval Air Station Lemoore, San Joaquin Valley, California, USA1

Emerg Infect Dis. 2022 Sep;28(9):1842-1846. doi: 10.3201/eid2809.220652.


We conducted a retrospective cohort study that tested 2,000 US military personnel for Coccidioides antibodies in a disease-endemic region. The overall incidence of seroconversion was 0.5 cases/100 person-years; 12.5% of persons who seroconverted had illnesses requiring medical care. No significant association was found between demographic characteristics and seroconversion or disease.

Keywords: California; Coccidioides; Naval Air Station Lemoore; San Joaquin Valley; United States; coccidioidomycosis; endemic diseases; fungi; infections; lung disease; military personnel; respiratory infections; risk; seroincidence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Coccidioides
  • Coccidioidomycosis* / epidemiology
  • Coccidioidomycosis* / etiology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Military Personnel*
  • Retrospective Studies