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Fungal Diseases: Global Challenges and Opportunities

Webinar featuring the World Health Organization, CDC, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), & National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa

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Algorithms for Diagnosing the Endemic Mycoses: Blastomycosis, Coccidioidomycosis, and Histoplasmosis

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Call featuring new diagnostic algorithms for endemic fungal diseases.

Antifungal resistance: A global health perspective

Antifungal Resistance: A Global Health Perspective

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CDC and WHO webinar covering new research and surveillance methods and information on Candida auris, and antimicrobial-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus and dermatophyte infections.

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Pneumonia Not Getting Better With Antibiotics? Ask your doctor if your symptoms aren't getting better

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Pneumonia not getting better with antibiotics? Ask your doctor about fungal lung infections

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Fungal Disease Awareness Week: September 18-22, 2023

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Cough? Fever? Exhausted? If you live in or have traveled to the Southwest, ask your doctor about Valley fever

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Increasing fungal disease awareness is one of the most important ways to reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment, which can save lives. Join CDC in spreading the word to #ThinkFungus by sharing information on your social media channels.

General Messages

  • It’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week! Some people are more likely to get a fungal infection. Learn if you’re one of them.
  • Have symptoms that are not getting better with treatment? Think fungus and talk to your doctor about the possibility of a fungal infection.
  • Fungal diseases often go undiagnosed because their symptoms look like those of other infections. We encourage healthcare providers and patients to “Think Fungus” when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment.
  • It’s Fungal Disease Awareness Week! What are your chances of getting a fungal infection? #FungalWeek
  • Anyone can get a fungal infection. 10 questions to help you learn if you are more likely to get sick #FungalWeek

Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Drug resistant fungal infections are an emerging public health problem. Everyone has a role in preventing these infections and reducing antifungal resistance. Learn more about what you can do:
  • Have you heard of antifungal resistance? Antifungal medications save lives by treating dangerous fungal infections. In some cases, fungi are no longer stopped by antifungal drugs, which makes these resistant infections harder to treat.

Illness Specific

  • Valley fever, common in the southwestern United States, can be difficult to diagnose. Learning about Valley fever can help you and your doctor recognize the symptoms early.
  • Each case of Candida bloodstream infection is estimated to result in an additional 3 to 13 days in the hospital and $6,000 to $29,000 in healthcare costs.
  • Although most antifungal resistance occurs in Candida species, resistance in other types of fungi, such as Aspergillus, is also a growing problem.
  • A devastating, slow-growing skin infection called mycetoma affects people in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Early diagnosis can help prevent permanent disabilities.
  • Cryptococcal meningitis is a deadly fungal brain infection that occurs mainly in people with a weakened immune system. A simple blood test can detect it before symptoms develop.
  • In Latin America, histoplasmosis is one of the most common and serious infections in people living with HIV. Symptoms are similar to other infections. Early diagnosis can help save lives.
  • Test your knowledge about Valley fever so you can recognize the symptoms early. #FungalWeek
  • DYK the fungus Candida is one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections in the United States? #FungalWeek
  • Learn who’s at risk for an infection with #DrugResistant Candida auris. #FungalWeek
  • Cryptococcal meningitis is a deadly fungal brain infection that occurs mainly in people with a weakened immune system, such as those living with HIV. #FungalWeek
  • Get answers to questions about #DrugResistant Candida auris, which is spreading in United States healthcare facilities. #FungalWeek
  • Symptoms of histoplasmosis, such as fever, cough, and fatigue, can be similar to those of other illnesses. Learn more about this fungal disease:
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