A mysterious infection, spanning the globe in a climate of secrecy

Source: Matt Richtel & Andrew Jacobs, New York Times (Paid Registration)

Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. The rise of the invasive fungus embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.

Scientists say that unless more effective new medicines are developed and unnecessary use of antimicrobial drugs is sharply curbed, risk will spread to healthier populations. A study the British government funded projects that if policies are not put in place to slow the rise of drug resistance, 10 million people could die worldwide of all such infections in 2050, eclipsing the eight million expected to die that year from cancer.

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