Think Fungus: Fungal Disease Awareness Week
Fungal Disease Awareness Week is September 23–27, 2019. 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.
This year, CDC is focusing is on three fungal diseases that can feel like the flu or pneumonia: Valley fever (coccidioidomycosis), histoplasmosis, and blastomycosis. These diseases are widely under-recognized and misdiagnosed and can cause devastating illness, even in previously healthy people. People who know about these diseases typically receive earlier diagnosis and proper treatment.
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.
- New Resources
- The Fungus Among Us: ASTHO Podcast featuring Tom Chiller (CDC) and Kristen Ehresmann (Minnesota Department of Health)external icon
- Univadis Presentation: “Underdiagnosed and Underappreciated: Fungal Disease Pneumonia”external icon
- Fungal Disease Personal Stories
- U.S. Volunteers Get Sick From Soil Fungus After Building Houses
- Histoplasmosis outbreak at Louisiana campsite: CDC partners with state health department to respond
- Histoplasmosis: Be Safe Around Bird or Bat Poop!
- Surveillance for Coccidioidomycosis — United States, 2011–2017
- Population-Based Active Surveillance for Culture-Confirmed Candidemia — Four Sites, United States, 2012–2016
- Essential in vitro diagnostics for advanced HIV and serious fungal diseases: international experts’ consensus recommendationsexternal icon
- The detection of Coccidioides from ambient air in Phoenix, Arizona: Evidence of uneven distribution and seasonalityexternal icon
- Web features
- Fact sheets and Posters
- Valley Fever Factsheet for Mission and Community Service Groups
- CDC and Fungal Diseases: Why Are Fungal Diseases A Public Health Problem? pdf icon[PDF – 1 page]
- Candida auris: A Drug-resistant Germ That Spreads in Healthcare Facilities
- Facts about Valley Fever pdf icon[PDF – 2 pages]
- Valley Fever and the Expanding Geographic Range of Coccidioides pdf icon[PDF – 1 page]
- Ringworm poster: Protect Yourself From Itchy Rashes pdf icon[PDF – 1 page]
- Social Media Messages
- Buttons & banners
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