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Growing Resistance to Antifungals a Threat to Human Health and Food Security

A strain of Candida auris cultured in a petri dish. Credit: CDC/Shawn Lockhart

Candida auris is responsible for increasing rates of invasive fungal infections in hospitals around the world, and new treatments are urgently needed.

Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Exeter found a dramatic increase in resistance to antifungal drugs worldwide over the past 30-40 years, likely attributable to farmers spraying their crops with the same drugs used to treat fungal infections in patients.

The “unintentional by-product of this ‘dual use’ of drugs in the field and the clinic” was that drugs were no longer working in patients who were unwell, said Prof Matthew Fisher, professor of epidemiology at Imperial College London.

Read more at BBC News

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