The Fungal Infection Trust is proud to support the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fungal Disease Awareness Week. In 2017 this takes place on 14-18th August and will repeat every year.
Fungal Disease Awareness Week is intended to highlight the importance of diagnosing (or even just recognising) fungal infections early enough to make treatment more effective, in some cases life-saving.
Clinicians are encouraged to ‘Think Fungus’ if they have a patient who is not responding well to treatment. Patients are also very much encouraged to go back to their doctors if their illness is not responding to treatment and to raise the possibility of a fungal infection. This advice can apply to many illnesses such as asthma, severe asthma, sinusitis, TB and infections such as eye and ear infections as well as the more common athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm. It especially applies to patients who are immunocompromised such as those on high dose steroids, diabetic, HIV or other immune disorders, and those who have undergone immunosuppression during transplant procedures. CDC provides a good listing of ‘at risk’ groups here.
The Fungal Infection Trust (FIT) supports awareness, development of diagnostics and treatment for all types of fungal infection, but as most of those are already being highlighted by the CDC campaign we will concentrate this year on aspergillosis, an infection caused by the fungus Aspergillus and a set of diseases which the FIT have actively supported research and treatment as well as promoted awareness of for many years, not least by supporting the Aspergillus Website.
We will publish pages of relevant information each day during Fungal Disease Awareness Week on this website – watch this space!