WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SUSPECT IFIs?
IFIs are life-threatening conditions caused by yeasts or moulds with high mortality rates that range from 40–100% in patients who are immunocompromised, or have an underlying condition.1-6 Treatment can be challenging as a number of fungi responsible for these infections are resistant to many available antifungals, including azole and echinocandin options.7,8 The timely diagnosis of these serious infections is crucial; however, the signs and symptoms are often non-specific and similar to those of bacterial or viral infections. Furthermore, access to modern diagnostic tools or biomarkers can be limited, delaying the initiation of an appropriate treatment.9,10
Time is of the essence in the fight against IFIs.
Date of preparation: November 2022. Job code IHQ-AMB-0813.