A new analysis warns that "global warming may have played a crucial role" when a multi-drug resistant mushroom superbug recently raised questions and concerns about emerging health threats to the man-made climate crisis.
] "This study suggests that this is the beginning of mushrooms that will adapt to higher temperatures, and we will have more and more problems throughout the century."
– Arturo Casadevall, lead author
Research Tuesday, CNN outlined the story of Candida auris :
Until recently, scientists considered it a puzzle, such as C. auris appeared in more than 30 countries around the world a decade after its discovery in 2009. It occurred simultaneously on three continents between 2012 and 2015 – in India, Venezuela and South Africa – with each strain being genetically different
The study, published on Tuesday in mBio a journal of the American Society for Microbiology , was published, argues that Candida auris could be the first example of a new fungus caused by climate change disease. "
" The argument we put forward in comparison to other closely related mushrooms is that some of these organisms, including Candida auris are struggling with increasing warming in the climate. "Leading author Arturo Casadevall, The Chair of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said in a statement that they break the protective temperatures of humans when they adapt. " 9006] Fungal diseases are relatively rare due to body temperature in humans. However, if they adapt to rising temperatures and are not easily treated with medication, they can increasingly endanger human health worldwide. Casadevall warned that during C. auris possibly the first fungal disease whose origin scientists have linked to rising temperatures may not be the last.
"Global warming can lead to new fungal diseases that we do not even know," he said. "This study suggests that this is the beginning of the adaptation of fungi to higher temperatures and that we will have more and more problems throughout the century."
"Whether C. auris is the first example of new pathogenic fungi The emergence of climate change … its emanation fuels the concern that humankind could be exposed to new diseases by adapting the fungus to hotter climates."] Stat News published an article mentioning the new study on Tuesday, but also a series of urgent questions about the emerging Superbug with the help of experts, including Tom Chiller, head of the Department of Mycotic Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Tejas Bouklas, assistant professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Long Island University.
These questions include: "Could [Aurea help other fungi adapt to major human threats?"  This is a question Bouklas wonders. "The more ubiquitous it becomes, the more problematic. Because now it might be able to transfer DNA to other Candida species. And maybe even bacteria, "she said.
This idea is not far-fetched: Mushrooms can sexually mate, Chiller emphasized, allowing them to exchange large amounts of DNA.
Given the likely impact of the climate crisis on public health Health, which was highlighted in the study, Casadevall criticized in his statement: "We must do something investment in better monitoring of fungal diseases. "
" We're pretty good at monitoring influenza and diseases that cause diarrhea or are contagious, but fungal diseases are usually not contagious, so no one really bothered to document them well, "he said "If more mushrooms were crossing, you really would not know it until someone starts to report them in the literature."
Chiller agreed in his interview with Stat News that more research is needed The Superbug is crucial to protecting the public.
Understanding C. The backstory of auris is crucial, Chiller said, because "these things will continue to emerge. And understanding how they appear and where they appear could lead us to prevention strategies or reactive strategies or preparation strategies for the next big thing. "