Resistance, Spreading Like a Fungus

Drug-resistant bacteria are all over the news, but fungi are quickly—and quietly—threatening global health.

Take Candida auris. More than 90% of C. auris infections have resistance to at least 1 drug, according to the CDC.

From a Venezuelan neonatal unit to an elite British ICU, the deadly drug-resistant fungus has debilitated far-flung medical operations. At a Brooklyn hospital, some of the ceiling and floor tiles had to be removed because the fungus was so hard to kill. 

As the infections spread, “This hushed panic is playing out in hospitals around the world,” write Matt Richtel and Andrew Jacobs in this must-read. 

The New York Times

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