Scratching the Surface of a Superbug

The dreaded “superbug yeast” Candida auris moves quickly between people and somehow survives on plastic and steel surfaces.
Slated for “pandemic potential,” it has already wreaked havoc in hospitals across the globe, reaching 30 countries across 6 continents.
What has perhaps baffled scientists most: it seemed to come out of nowhere.
One possible explanation: Climate change may have adapted fungi to tolerate higher temperatures like those present in the human body.

Ramping up research into the super-yeast’s origins could reveal an evolutionary path—including how it came to tolerate high temperatures—and offer clues to controlling its spread, writes Maryn McKenna.

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