Outbreaks and Investigations
When fungal disease outbreaks occur, CDC’s Mycotic Diseases Branch works with federal, state,
and local and territorial public health officials and other partners to reduce illness and deaths and
to learn how to prevent future outbreaks.
Fungal outbreaks have been linked to a variety of sources, including exposure to disease-causing
fungi in the natural environment or injections with contaminated medication. With systems in place
for early identification for these types of events, CDC and partners can continue to track, test for,
respond to, and better understand emerging fungal health threats.
Some fungal diseases may be more common than previously realized, and rare but newly-emerging
fungi are becoming increasingly problematic. Some types of fungal infections can be deadly if they
are not identified and treated quickly, so early recognition is essential in order to reduce the risk
of serious complications and save lives.