2019 GAFFI Annual Report issued with major progress on health systems and major mycology diagnostic network in India

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2019 was a pivotal year for GAFFI’s efforts  in 3 meaningful ways: 1) The first publication from its diagnostic program for HIV patients in Guatemala was published, 2) The world’s first Health System meeting on Fungal Diseases was held for Latin America in Lima, Peru and 3) The Indian government agreed to set up a state-wide… Read more »

GAFFI Ambassadors shine light on decades of mycetoma in Senegal and Uganda

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Mycetoma is a chronic granulomatous deep mycosis that causes debilitating lesions, caused by fungal or bacterial implantation through the skin. In Uganda, Richard Kwizera, Dr Felix Bongomin and colleagues in Kampala published a 69 year retrospective study of all biopsy reports produced by the Pathology Reference Laboratory at Makerere University from 1950 to 2019 (249… Read more »

How common is chronic pulmonary histoplasmosis? No one knows, but it is likely global and grossly under-diagnosed

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First described in in 1948 and acknowledged as a separate clinical entity in 1953, many patients with chronic pulmonary histoplasmosis (CPH) languished in US tuberculosis sanatoriums, until picked out in the 1950’s. In one sanatorium in Missouri, 7.2% of ‘TB patients’ actually had CPH. In a review just published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Jacob… Read more »