Fungal diseases, flesh-eating bacteria, and vaccinations, courtesy of climate change

This Grist article discusses a new fungus caused by climate change. Scientists say global warming may have given rise to its first new fungal disease — a multidrug-resistant species called Candida auris. The deadly menace, which was first identified in 2009, isn’t your typical fungus. It’s been likened to a ‘superbug’ not because it wears a cape, but because it has proved resistant to the main three classes of drug treatment. It typically infects already sick or immunosuppressed people and can spread quickly, particularly in healthcare settings. Studies have shown that C. auris is incredibly hard to root out of the hospital rooms, nursing homes, and patients it colonizes. The fungus can survive on surfaces for weeks and is associated with a human mortality rate of between 30 and 60 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Center for Disease Control has labeled C. auris a “serious global health threat.

This Science News article discusses the same fungal disease. While fungal diseases have devastated many animal and plant species, humans and other mammals have mostly been spared. That’s probably because mammals have body temperatures too warm for most fungi to replicate as well as powerful immune systems. But climate change may be challenging those defenses, bringing new fungal threats to human health, a microbiologist warns.

This article discusses why flesh-eating bacteria are on the rise? (Hint: Climate Change).

This Bloomberg article discusses how climate change will give an estimated $200B boom to the vaccination industry.

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