Development of Methods to Predict the Outcome of Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs
Valley Fever (coccidioidomycosis). This is a fungal infection endemic to the southwestern United States that can cause pneumonia and/or disseminated disease in almost any organ of the body. The disease costs Arizona dog owners at least $60 million/year for diagnosis and treatment. Dogs that travel to these places are also at risk so it has a far-reaching impact as well as local.
We are studying the canine immune response to Valley Fever with 3 objectives: 1) understand what the differences are between dogs that control infection and recover compared to dogs that develop severe and progressive disease; 2) develop a blood test to predict the efficacy of the Valley Fever vaccine we are developing for dogs (we anticipate this will be tested initially in dogs within the next couple of years); 3) develop assays that other researchers can use to study immunity to infectious disease in dogs.
Name: Dr. Christine Butkiewicz
Help Future Generations of Dogs
Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.