Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

World Aspergillosis Day – February 1, 2025

World Aspergillosis Day is observed every February 1. On this day, people across the globe gather to learn about Aspergillosis, a little-known infection, and share their knowledge with others in hopes of preventing future cases and promoting treatment and research initiatives.

History of World Aspergillosis Day

Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a fungus usually found in mold. Although it’s common for people to breathe it in from the air, this fungus only affects those predisposed to lung complications, such as people with asthma, tuberculosis, and cystic fibrosis. It can also affect individuals undergoing cancer treatment or recovering from a recent organ transplant. In addition, this infection occurs in birds and has different intensities, ranging from a simple sinus infection to a chronic form of lung nodes.

Uncomplicated infections can be treated and cared for using antifungal medication. However, chronic cases can only be treated with a high-risk surgical procedure that can result in death. Over half a million people die annually worldwide from complications related to Aspergillosis. The fungus ball in the lungs might not cause any symptoms and only be found through a chest X-ray, but in many cases, it may cause coughing, fevers, pain, and bleeding. If it goes untreated, Aspergillosis can spread to other organs and lead to liver and kidney failure.

Sometimes, a patient needs to be kept in an environmental infection control room to reduce mold exposure, which can further worsen their condition. Some fungus variations or mutations might resist certain steroids, making treatment much harder. It’s important to schedule routine examinations and start treatment as early as possible to prevent complications.

World Aspergillosis Day timeline

500 B.C.
The First Fungal Infection

The Greek physician Hippocrates is reportedly one of the first documented victims of a fungal infection.

Fungal Influence

Microscopist David Gruby states that fungi could cause human diseases.

The S.A.R.S. Outbreak

The severe acute respiratory syndrome (S.A.R.S.) outbreak infects over 8,000 people across almost 30 countries.

The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic infected more than half a billion people worldwide.

World Aspergillosis Day FAQs

What are the first signs of Aspergillosis?

The first signs of an Aspergillus infection are usually a fever, coughing blood, chest pain, headaches, and skin lesions.

Can Aspergillosis be treated?

Yes. Aspergillosis is normally treated using antifungal drugs, such as voriconazole and amphotericin B.

How long can you live with Aspergillosis?

The prognosis for Aspergillosis is a few months after undergoing an organ transplant.

How to Observe World Aspergillosis Day

  1. Make an appointment

    If you’ve felt any of the common first symptoms of Aspergillosis, this is probably the best day to schedule the doctor’s appointment you’ve been putting off for too long. A doctor can help you treat the infection before it gets too bad.

  2. Post about it

    Share relevant information with all your friends and family on social media. The more people know about Aspergillosis, the more people can receive early treatment!

  3. Read about Aspergillosis

    Understanding the disease is probably one of the best ways to observe this day. Do your research to learn all about it!

5 Facts About Aspergillosis You Should Know

  1. It can be deadly

    If left untreated over time, Aspergillosis can reach a stage where it’s so chronic that it cannot be treated.

  2. It’s treatable

    Although it spreads fast, Aspergillosis is treatable with antifungal medication and sometimes even surgery to remove lung nodes.

  3. It’s pretty uncommon

    Even though we’re constantly exposed to mold in the air, it’s quite uncommon for people with no previous lung or immune complications to get infected.

  4. It’s hard to diagnose

    It can be diagnosed through X-rays, computed tomography (C.T.) scans, or blood tests, but it’s so similar to other lung conditions that it can go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for a long time.

  5. Treatment can take a while

    Invasive forms of Aspergillosis can take up to three months to fully treat with antifungal medication before the patient is considered healthy.

Why World Aspergillosis Day is Important

  1. It’s all about health

    Staying healthy and caring for our bodies are very important. Days like this remind us to keep in touch with our needs and listen to our bodies.

  2. It raises awareness

    This day reminds us to search for and share more information about Aspergillosis, a disease we don’t often hear about. Being aware of such an infection makes it easier to identify the symptoms.

  3. It keeps us learning

    We should always strive for knowledge, especially when it involves learning more about our bodies and the threats we might face. Doing so helps us prevent worst-case scenarios.

World Aspergillosis Day dates

2025February 1Saturday
2026February 1Sunday
2027February 1Monday
2028February 1Tuesday
2029February 1Thursday
La Poutine Week
National Patient Recognition Week
National Patient Recognition Week
Solo Diners Eat Out Week
Women's Heart Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Abolition of Slavery Day
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Conservatorship and Guardianship Abuse Awareness Day
Day of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist Regime
Decorating With Candy Day
Federal Territory Day
G.I. Joe Day
Heroes' Day
Holiday Hugs Day
Hula in the Coola Day
International Face and Body Art Day
Lung Leavin’ Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Cameron Day
National Dark Chocolate Day
National Freedom Day
National Get Up Day
National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
National Sean Day
National Serpent Day
Pisco Sour Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
Take Your Child To The Library Day
Texas Day
World Aspergillosis Day
World Hijab Day
Yukon Quest
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
African American Heritage Month
African American Read-In
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
American Heart Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Barley Month
Beat the Heat Month
Berry Fresh Month
Bike To Work Month
Bike To Work Month
Black History Month
Canned Food Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month
Creative Romance Month
Declutter for a Cause Month
Dog Training Education Month
Ethnic Equality Month
Exotic Vegetables and Star Fruit Month
Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
Feline Fix by Five Month
Financial Aid Awareness Month
Free Open Source Software Month
From Africa to Virginia Month
Great American Pie Month
Human Relations Month
Humpback Whale Awareness Month
Humpback Whale Awareness Month
International Boost Self Esteem Month
International Expect Success Month
International Friendship Month
International Hoof Care Month
International Month of Black Women in the Arts
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Jobs in Golf Month
LGBT+ History Month
Library Lovers Month
Love the Bus Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National Arts Month
National Avocado and Banana Month
National Bake For Family Fun Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Blah Buster Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
National Cat Health Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Condom Month
National Embroidery Month
National Enrolled Agents Month
National Fasting February
National Fondue Month
National Goat Yoga Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Haiku Writing Month
National Heart Healthy Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Laugh-Friendly Month
National Macadamia Nut Month
National Mend a Broken Heart Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Self-Check Month
National Senior Independence Month
National Snack Food Month
National Sweet Potato Month
National Therapeutic Recreation Month
National Time Management Month
National Wedding Month
National Women Inventors Month
North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)
Pet Dental Health Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Potato Lovers Month
Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month
Raynaud's Awareness Month
Relationship Wellness Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Spiritual Teachers Month
Spunky Old Broads Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Vegan Cuisine Month
Wise Health Care Consumer Month
Women’s Role in History Month
Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
Youth Leadership Month

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.