Fungal diseases are wide ranging and include various skin, lung and bloodstream infections. If you want to get some more information on what fungal infections are check out this page (www.gaffi.org/why/fungi-fungal-infections/).
Fungal diseases are a huge problem worldwide. To give an idea of the scale of the problem, roughly 150 people die every hour from fungal infections. It is vital that something is done to tackle this problem! With this blog post I hope to give some more information on the global prevalence of fungal diseases.
Globally, over 300 million people are suffering from a serious fungal infection and 25 million are at a high risk of dying or losing their sight. It is also thought that these figures are massively underestimated (due to the lack of public health authority action in this area).
To really highlight this issue here are two examples of diseases and their prevalence.
Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis
Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis is a long term fungal lung infection which affects ~3 million people worldwide. The map below shows the global prevalence of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (the numbers represent rates per 100,000).
Chromoblastomycosis is a skin infection caused by black species of fungi. This infection appears as proliferating chronic skin lesions after traumatic implantation of the fungus (see the picture below).
The global prevalence of chromoblastomycosis is shown in the map below.
Hopefully this blog post has given an insight into the problem of fungal infections!
Thanks for reading :)
Credit to Gaffi (the only NGO dedicated to tackling fungal diseases exclusively) for the facts quoted here. For more information check out their site: www.gaffi.org/