This drug-resistant fungus is spreading. Scientists warn of new superbugs to come

Source: CNN

By Michael Nedelman, CNN

(CNN)It began in 2009, when doctors in Tokyo swabbed the ear of a 70-year-old woman and found an unknown strain of fungus that can infect humans and, in severe cases, cause a blood infection in high-risk patients. It’s called Candida auris.

Now, a decade after it was discovered, cases have been reported in more than 30 countries around the globe — including the United States, Australia, India, Germany, Israel, Venezuela and South Africa, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But how we got here is a mystery: While the fungus seems to have cropped up relatively recently, its genetics reveal distinct groups that evolved apart, on different continents.

Categories: Health

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