Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario and India’s University of Delhi have discovered the source of a new fungal infection and isolated the first live culture of the drug-resistant pathogen Candida auris from the ear canals of stray dogs in India.
First reported in Japan in 2009, C. auris, is a form of yeast which has since spread around the world.
On the list of urgent concerns is that C. auris can cause severe infections and widespread outbreaks in hospitals. Alas, antifungal medications often do not work against the pathogen, and more than one in three patients with serious, invasive infections will die, according to some estimates. The World Health Organization has declared it one of the world’s four ‘critical priority’ fungal pathogens.
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