The first day of the second month of the year witnesses a number of international days. One such event is World Aspergillosis Day. No, it is not remotely related to garden asparagus or Asperger syndrome, commonly known as Asperger's. So, what is Aspergillosis and its significance? Also, how does one pronounce ‘Aspergillosis’? The world is quite a tongue twister. World Aspergillosis Day 2019: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of The Fungal Infection.
What is Aspergillosis?
As per the definition by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Aspergillosis is a disease caused by Aspergillus, a common mould or fungus that lives indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe in Aspergillus spores every day without getting sick. However, people with weakened immune systems or lung diseases are at a higher risk of developing health problems due to Aspergillus. There are different types of aspergillosis. Some types are mild, but some of them are very serious.”
When did World Aspergillosis Day Come into Effect?
The first World Aspergillosis Day was observed last year at the 8th biennial Advances against Aspergillosis international conference in Lisbon on February 1st. Aspergillosis, a condition in which certain fungi infect the tissues, most commonly the lungs affects around 15 million people and kills over 1 million each year.
How to Pronounce ‘Aspergillosis’?
It can be a bit daunting to pronounce this medical term at the first go. But give it a try, and it surely is not difficult. The Hyphenation of ‘Aspergillosis’ in American is “as-pergillo-sis” and in British is “as-per-gil-losis.” Now, listen to the YouTube video that will help you understand better.
The main aim of World Aspergillosis Day is to raise awareness about a wide variety of diseases caused by infection by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. There are times when serious fungal infections go undiagnosed globally and are a big health scare. One needs to educate people by providing in-depth information, support and make screening tests readily available.