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Burden of serious fungal diseases in Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Taiwan presented in Dubai at GCCMID

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  For 213 million people, the number affected by serious fungal diseases infections in Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Taiwan has been unknown, until today. At the Gulf Conference on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Dubai posters showed the remarkably high numbers afflicted, especially in Africa, an estimated 4%, 7% 9% and 2% respectively…. Read more »

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Director-General of WHO calls for more mycetoma research during visit to Mycetoma Research Centre in Khartoum (Sudan)

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  The Director-General of the World Health Organization (Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus) has called for more research into mycetoma, a chronic fungal infection causing severe disfigurement of the hands or feet. Primarily affecting poor outdoor workers (labourers and herdsmen), mycetoma is thought to affect up to 50,000 people worldwide but accurate statistics are not available,… Read more »

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Gilead reduces price of AmBisome (liposomal amphotericin B) for cryptococcal meningitis in HIV/AIDS

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Gilead Sciences, a pharmaceutical company with an interest in AIDS, hepatitis C and infectious diseases, have expanded their access initiative for AmBisome (a liposomal preparation of amphotericin B) to include cryptococcal meningitis, where previously it was only for leishmaniasis. Governments and public sector procurers in 116 low- and middle-income countries can now buy the drug… Read more »

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Donald Mackay Medal (RSTMH) awarded to Professor Ahmed Hassan Fahal of the Mycetoma Research Centre in Khartoum

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The prestigious Donald Mackay Medal has been awarded to Professor Ahmed H. Fahal. The medal is awarded annually, in alternating years by the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and by the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH), during the Annual Meeting which this year was held at the Royal College… Read more »

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Article published in Le Monde highlights threats from fungal infections of humans, crops and wildlife

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PARIS – An article published in Le Monde brings to public attention the deadly threat that fungal infections pose to human health, food security and wildlife. It presents burden of disease statistics compiled by GAFFI and includes a quote from Professor David Denning, highlighting their key role in this area. The article emphasises the crucial… Read more »

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New figures show 138 million women suffer from recurrent thrush

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Around 138 million women are affected by a distressing but treatable fungal infection world-wide, according to a research review by University of Manchester scientists. And the incidence of recurrent thrush, warns lead researcher Dr Riina Rautemaa-Richardson, is set to rise to an estimated 158 million people by 2030. The team from The University of Manchester… Read more »

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