New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has been diagnosed with Valley Fever. Surprisingly, the affliction can be of a serious nature, having nothing to do with an uncontrollable physical attraction to women originating from the San Fernando Valley. Who knew?

Valley Fever is actually a fungal disease found most often in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Its symptoms can fall anywhere on the spectrum between easily manageable and life threatening.

Despite the diagnosis from team doctors, original blood test results were inconclusive. Through it all, Davis claims to feel fine.

I feel great. And I don’t have any symptoms of it. I’m not coughing. I’m not throwing up blood. I’m not doing anything. It’s not even hard to breathe. The doctor said I could play, and just don’t get really, really fatigued. So that’s what we’re doing. And if I get really tired, I kind of just step to the side and take a break.

Doctors have told Davis that he’s either had the disease for so long that it’s worked itself out of his system already, or that it’s relatively new and yet to fully manifest itself.

Each person is affected differently with Valley Fever, but the Mets will prescribe plenty of rest for Davis during Spring Training, as well as during the early going of the season, perhaps recalling how the disease led outfielder Conor Jackson to miss a huge chunk of the 2009 season.

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