Doctors and scientists meeting in Uganda sets new standards for essential diagnostics in AIDS
July 10 2018
A report compiled by 95 experts from 27 countries at a GAFFI meeting in Kampala (Uganda) was released today, which outlined the most important diagnostic tests for fungal infections. These recommendations informed the WHO's Essential Diagnostics List.
Burden of fungal disease for 13 countries published in Journal of Fungi
June 28 2018
The Journal of Fungi has recently published a series of papers (edited by Professors Malcolm Richardson and Donald Cole) estimating the fungal disease burden for 13 more countries: Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mozambique, Malawi, Jordan, Romania, Serbia, Norway, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.
Two point-of-care tests for invasive aspergillosis launched
June 21 2018
Two companies - IMMY and ISCA Diagnostics - have launched point-of-care ('bedside') testing for invasive aspergillosis, which should help to reduce mortality rates by shortening the time to diagnosis and treatment initiation.
Review of epidemiological data for onychomycosis caused by Aspergillus spp.
June 04 2018
A recent review of 42 epidemiological studies by Dr Felix Bongomin and colleagues showed that the causative agent of onychomycosis (nail infection) was Aspergillus spp. in 1-35% of cases overall, but more frequently among the elderly and those with diabetes (up to 71%). Toenails were affected 25x more often than fingernails.
Science magazine special issue highlights antifungal resistance
May 25 2018
A special issue of Science magazine entitled 'The Rise of Resistance' raises the profile of one of the most urgent challenges to world health: the increase in antifungal-resistant pathogens and a lack of novel antifungals in the pipeline to cope with them.