Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness Week
August 14–18, 2017, is the first Fungal Disease Awareness Week. CDC and partners have organized this week to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment. Some fungal diseases go undiagnosed and cause serious infections in people in the United States and around the world, leading to illness and death. Increased awareness about fungal diseases is one of the most important ways we can improve early recognition and reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment. A key clue to when a sick person may have a fungal infection is that he or she is being treated with medications for other types of infection but does not get better.
We encourage healthcare providers and their patients to “Think Fungus” when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment.
Join us in sharing information to increase awareness in your community about fungal diseases. The quicker doctors can diagnose the right illness, the quicker a patient can be treated the right way.
Fungal Disease Materials
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- New resources
- Fungal Disease Awareness Week Video
- Improving Diagnosis of Valley Fever to Improve Antibiotic Use
- The Lancet Infectious Diseases Series on Fungal Infections
- Announcement: Fungal Disease Awareness Week — August 14–18, 2017
- Notes from the Field: Increase in Coccidioidomycosis — California, 2016
- Ringworm poster: Protect Yourself From Itchy Rashes [PDF – 1 page]
- CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog – Candida auris: An Emerging Global Fungal Disease
- Web features
- Fungal Infections – 10 Questions to Protect Your Health
- Valley Fever Awareness [English] [Español]
- Fact sheets
- Social Media Messages
- Buttons & banners
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- Page last reviewed: July 25, 2017
- Page last updated: August 17, 2017
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