Fungal asthma prevalence estimated for Sweden and Africa
June 19 2019
Antifungal treatment can be useful for patients with severe asthma and fungal sensitisation, but this is limited by a lack of prevalence data. Two new papers aim to address this for Sweden (Backman et al) and 13 countries across Africa (Kwizera et al).
Blastomycosis mortality raised by ARDS and immunocompromisation
June 14 2019
Blastomycosis is a rare fungal infection caused by inhaling spores of the fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis.
Cluster of paracoccidioidomycosis cases in children in Argentina during the 1982-3 El Niño anomaly
June 12 2019
Serious systemic paracoccidioidomycosis infections are often associated with men working in agriculture. Dr Guisano and colleagues describe a cluster of six cases in children in the NEA area of Argentina that occurred during the 1982-3 El Niño Southern Oscillation climatic anomaly, and suggest that climatic and anthropogenic changes may have played a role.
Side effects of long-term azole therapy
June 07 2019
Azole antifungals are the first-line of treatment or prophylaxis for many fungal infections. They are often administered long-term (weeks to months), which can be associated with a number of adverse effects.
Paracoccidioidomycosis in South America should be a Neglected Fungal Tropical Disease
May 22 2019
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) should be listed as a Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) according to GAFFI.