A deadly fungal lung infection that affects transplant or leukaemia patients could soon be treated faster thanks to a new test developed by British scientists
Aspergillosis is the name of a group of fungal conditions caused by a mould called aspergillus found in rotting leaves and compost, on plants, trees and crops, in damp homes or in air conditioning and heating systems. The spores are everywhere and are normally breathed in without any ill health.
But those with lung problems or weakened immune systems are susceptible, as the fungus faces little resistance as it settles into the lungs. This can lead to a frequently fatal disease known as invasive pulmonary aspergillosis as the mould can spread through the bloodstream from the lungs to the brain, eyes, heart or kidneys. The best chance of survival is with an early diagnosis and treatment with antifungals. Read more.