4282.0 Fungal Disease and Environmental Health

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:30 PM
Panel Discussion
Fungi are ubiquitous in the environment and can cause human disease in numerous ways. When spores of pathogenic fungi are inhaled, serious disease can result. Waterborne fungi are known to colonize water systems and have caused disease outbreaks in hospitals, dialysis centers, and among contact lens users. Environmental conditions that enable mold growth have led to mycotoxin contamination of food, particularly in developing countries. Climate changes have led to epidemics of fungal disease in the western United States. This session will feature talks about the public health issues surrounding fungal diseases. Environmental issues have given rise to the emergence and reemergence of many of these fungal diseases. Climate changes will continue to make many of these fungal diseases an increasing challenge for public health. Presentations will highlight the epidemiology and the public heath strategies to address these fungal diseases.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify fungal diseases that have had impacts on public health. 2. Describe the public health strategies created to target these fungal diseases.
Tom Chiller, MD, MPH

2:30 PM
Presentation by Arun Balajee
Arun Balajee, PhD
3:10 PM
Presentation by Rebecca Sunenshine
Rebecca Sunenshine, MD

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Organized by: Epidemiology
Endorsed by: Environment

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