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Attacking Fungal Infection, One of the World's Major Killers

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Ask someone what the term ‘fungus’ brings to mind, and chances are it will be an image of something that smells or looks disgusting. Ask David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and the response will be far more somber – because he knows how deadly fungi can be.
Fungal infections take more than 1.3 million lives each year worldwide, nearly as many as tuberculosis. Perlin has made it his mission to reduce the death toll and severe disability that fungi can cause.

“More than a million people around the world are blind because of fungal infections of the eye,” Perlin points out, “and half of the world’s 350,000 asthma-related deaths each year stem from fungal infection that could be treated effectively with drugs.”

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