New study finds Invasive aspergillosis (IA) affects up to 2 million people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) globally

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New findings from the University of Manchester published in ‘BMC Pulmonary Medicine’ today found 753,000 – 2,272,000 COPD patients develop invasive aspergillosis among the 58 million hospitalised each year. Emily Hammond and Charles McDonald who co-authored the paper reviewed the results of other papers published worldwide between January 2000 and May 2019 and found that… Read more »

Fungal disease experts call for antigen detection techniques to be implemented for AIDS globally based on extensive Guatemalan experience

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Research paper  reveals non-culture testing for histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis and TB in AIDS is far more sensitive than microscopy or culture In a research paper published today in the prestigious journal AIDS, Narda Medina and colleagues from the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) and Asociacion de Salud Integral, Guatemala City evaluated the diagnostic performance… Read more »

Over a million people in China suffer from life-threatening aspergillosis

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Almost no one survives invasive aspergillosis without antifungal therapy. Thought to affect up to 300,000 each year across the world, a new research paper from Fudan University in Shanghai, China and the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) now estimates that 1,179,000 people suffer from invasive aspergillosis in China alone. This estimate excludes COVID-19… Read more »

GAFFI calls together experts in Lima to formulate new thinking on fungal disease management in Latin America

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July 1st 2020 15:00 BST (GMT+1) For Spanish version click here Briefing webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82914301088 For further details of the briefing visit ECMM website September 3-5th over 60 fungal disease experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela convened in… Read more »

GAFFI convoca a un grupo de expertos en Lima para afrontar la enfermedad fúngica en Latinoamérica

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July 1st 2020 15:00 BST (GMT+1) For English version click here Briefing webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82914301088 Para más detalles de la sesión informativa, visite el sitio web de ECMM Del 3 al 5 de septiembre de 2019, más de 60 expertos en enfermedades fúngicas de Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, República Dominicana, Ecuador, El Salvador,… Read more »

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 »

On World Tuberculosis Day, remember TB-like fungal infections and co-infection of TB and Aspergillus

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  Several lung fungal infections can be mistaken for TB – histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, coccidioidomycosis and paracoccidioidomycosis.  Antibody testing and fungal culture of sputum are the means of establishing the diagnosis. The number of incident cases of these fungal infections varies substantially by region and country and the rate of misdiagnosis of TB-like fungal infections is not… Read more »