US public health officials warn of new generations of rapidly spreading, drug-resistant diseases that are multiplying due to climate change, and it appears they have identified the first candidate.
Candida auris, a yeast species, has become a global health threat since the first appearance of a Japanese woman in 2009, especially for people with weakened immune systems. Genetically different versions of the fungus have emerged simultaneously in India, South Africa and South America, which confuses the researchers.
These are different societies, different populations. " Arturo Casadevall, one of the authors of the new study, said:
" One thing, however, is common that the world is getting warmer and warmer.
Since its discovery a decade ago, there were 715 cases of C. auris infection in the US alone. Despite warnings, it has spread to more than 30 countries, and possibly even far more, as it is difficult to identify without special laboratory test equipment.
It is resistant to antifungals and can spread easily between patients, leading to outbreaks in a relatively short time. The fungus can cause infections of the bloodstream, heart and brain, with preliminary studies suggesting a mortality rate between 30 and 60 percent.
The researchers explain that fungal infections in humans – and in mammals in the broader sense – are rare given our advanced immune system and higher body temperatures, which prevents most malignant fungi from harming us. However, as global average temperatures rose, C. auris was able to adapt to warmer environments, creating a whole new breeding ground for the human population.
However, researchers warn that climate change alone can not explain the sudden onset of such a deadly yeast, and added other potential factors such as the spread of antimycotics and the widespread use of fungicides in crops.  Do you think your friends are interested? Share this story!