August 14 – 18, 2017 is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) inaugural Fungal Disease Awareness Week. The CDC and its partners have organized this week to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide potentially life-saving treatment.
Some fungal diseases go undiagnosed and cause serious infections, leading to illness and death. Increased awareness about fungal diseases may improve early recognition and reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment.
A sick person may have a fungal infection when he or she is being treated with medications for other types of infection but does not get better. The CDC encourages healthcare providers and their patients to “Think Fungus” when symptoms of infection do not get better with treatment.
Join Cidara and the CDC in sharing information to increase awareness in your community about fungal diseases. The quicker doctors can diagnose the right illness, the quicker a patient can be treated the right way.