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J. Fungi 2018, 4(2), 41;

Burden of Fungal Infections in Colombia

Internal Medicine Department, School of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá 111321, Colombia
Clínica Universitaria Colombia, Bogota 111321, Colombia
The University of Manchester and National Aspergillosis Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
Authors contributed equally to this work.
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Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 14 March 2018 / Accepted: 19 March 2018 / Published: 21 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fungal Burden in Different Countries)
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Data with respect to the epidemiological situation of fungal diseases in Colombia is scarce. Thus, the aim of this study is to estimate the burden of fungal infections. A population projection for 2017 from the Colombian Department for National Statistics was used, as well as official information from the Ministry of Health and National Institute of Health. A bibliographical search for Colombian data on mycotic diseases and population at risk (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV infection/AIDS, cancer, and transplant patients) was done. The Colombian population for 2017 was estimated at 49,291,609 inhabitants, and the estimated number of fungal infections for Colombia in 2017 was between 753,523 and 757,928, with nearly 600,000 cases of candidiasis, 130,000 cases of aspergillosis, and 16,000 cases of opportunistic infection in HIV, affecting around 1.5% of the population. In conclusion, fungal infections represent an important burden of disease for the Colombian population. Different clinical, epidemiological, and developmental scenarios can be observed in which fungal infections occur in Colombia. View Full-Text
Keywords: mycoses; invasive fungal mycoses; lung diseases fungal; candidiasis; aspergillosis; invasive fungal infections; dermatomycoses; Colombia mycoses; invasive fungal mycoses; lung diseases fungal; candidiasis; aspergillosis; invasive fungal infections; dermatomycoses; Colombia

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Alvarez-Moreno, C.A.; Cortes, J.A.; Denning, D.W. Burden of Fungal Infections in Colombia. J. Fungi 2018, 4, 41.

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