Fungal Disease Awareness Week

At a glance

Fungal Disease Awareness Week (FDAW) 2023 occurred from September 18th to 22nd. Each year, CDC and partners use FDAW as an opportunity to raise awareness about fungal diseases and share ways reducing the impact of fungal diseases.

Fungal Disease Awareness Week

Importance of fungal disease awareness

Each year, CDC and partners dedicate FDAW to activities and outreach that encourage everyone to "Think Fungus." Several events in 2023 leading to FDAW demonstrated growing challenges, complexities, and impacts of fungal diseases. These included:

However, news headlines are not necessary to "Think Fungus." Many people are affected by fungal diseases at different points in their lives.

In some parts of the United States and the world, it is difficult to avoid breathing in fungal spores that cause infections like:

  • Histoplasmosis
  • Blastomycosis
  • Valley fever (Coccidioidomycosis)

Fungal diseases are increasing worldwide, and signs suggest this trend will continue. Studies show that global temperature increases may allow environmental infectious fungi to grow in new areas that were previously too cold. Changes in the climate may also cause fungi to evolve, threatening the rise of new fungal infections. Some researchers believe climate change caused the emergence of the deadly fungus C. auris.

Despite all of this, healthcare providers often miss fungal diseases, at least initially. Misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses can cost lives. Additionally, fungi that cause infections in people are more often becoming resistant to the limited antifungal medications available. This means it's more common that fungal diseases cannot be treated with medications designed to stop infections.

Outreach resources‎‎‎

More resources on outreach for fungal diseases can be found on our Educational Materials page.

Daily themes

Each day of FDAW features a different fungal disease theme and ways people can help reduce the impact of fungal diseases. Daily webinars and interactive events hosted by CDC and partners give everyone a front row seat to hear from fungal disease experts.

9/18: When to Think Fungus; 9/19: Fight Fungi, Protect Patients; 9/20: The Path of Yeast Resistance; 9/21: There's Fungus Among Us; 9/22: The future of Fungal Infections
Check out what is happening each day for Fungal Disease Awareness Week!

Social media toolkit‎‎

The Think Fungus social media toolkit offers a collection of graphics and key action messages that you can download and share from your social media accounts.


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

Antifungal Resistance: A Global Health Perspective

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

Note: To access video, please register with WHO AMR Community exchange.

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.

Fungal Diseases in a Changing Environment

Webinar featuring subject matter experts from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Imperial College School of Public Health (UK), Northern Arizona University Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, and CDC. Topics include the potential effects of climate change on fungal pathogen emergence, a theory behind the emergence of C. auris, and the changing geographic range of Coccidioides.