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Climatic Change may lead to Deadly Fungal Infection Outbreak in US

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Climatic Change may lead to Deadly Fungal Infection Outbreak in US

About three years ago, the health officials in the United States of America cautioned several doctors to be careful of a hazardous infection via a drug-resistant yeast. The infection is due to a rapidly spreading yeast that causes a few fatal infections in hospitalized patients as well as doctors.

The experts are calling it Candida Auris.  Today, Candida Auris is a serious health menace around the world. The threat was recognized about ten years ago. Hospitals consist of a number of patients who have a significantly weakened immune system. These patients are strongly prone to deadly infections.

Climatic change may lead to Deadly fungal disease

The reports reveal about 30-60 percent of patients have died only due to this fungal infection.

The reports suggest that presently, a total of thirty countries and more are experiencing this danger. As of now, the technology is not as advanced to identify the presence of the infection without laboratory assistance. Agreed the patients can take in antifungal drugs, but the yeast is resistant.

Candida Auris Fatal fungal infection

The fungus can cause very serious infections. In fact, there is a chance it directly enters into the heart or brain bloodstream. The reports reveal about 30-60 percent of patients have died only due to this fungal infection.

Unfortunately, the researchers could not segregate the fungus form its natural environment. Consequently, the genetics of the fungus cannot be studied. There is a possibility that the infectant in different countries are independent or genetically distinct. The various countries with serious risks include South Africa, India, and South America.

Cause – Global warming

The researchers of the US, as well as the Netherlands, have come up with a novel theory. Their new theory proposes global warming can be the major reason for the fungal spread.  The journal of the American Society of Microbiology, mBio on Tuesday revealed this is the first of many emerging infections.

They completely related drastic climatic changes to the spread of this fatal fungal disease. The researchers also revealed climate cannot be the reason alone. However, the yeast can live on a host for over a month and further spread the infection.

Climatic change may lead to Deadly fungal disease

Hospitals consist of a number of patients who have a significantly weakened immune system. These patients are strongly prone to deadly infections.

Arturo Casadevall, an author of the study shared, the fungal infections have not been very common in humans. Humans are said to have significantly strong immunity.

The human body's temperature is high to allow the fungus to grow. Arturo is a microbiologist and immunologist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The temperature of the atmosphere has significantly raised. The warm climate has made the yeast adaptable to human temperature and it has only grown stronger. A similar infection is observed in three separate continents, the reasons are unexplainable.

The researchers are actively analyzing the cause, cure, and prevention of the infection.

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