- Expect more fungal infections as their geographic range expands, experts warn
- As fungal infections become drug-resistant, desperate patients try drug after drug.
Vaccine researchers focused on a small group of fungi responsible for the vast majority of fatal infections in the whole world
Helminth infections are becoming more common not only in the United States but around the world, but unlike diseases caused by bacteria or viruses today we have no proper anthelmintics and no vaccine to prevent disaster. ,
Bacteria cause a wide range of diseases, ranging from simple nuisances to the deadliest bloodstream infections.
One type of fungus, Candida auris, can become resistant to all the drugs used to treat it, and is especially dangerous for hospitalizations and nursing homes.
The fungus was first identified in Japan in 2009 and has since been found in more than 30 countries, including the US, showing its rampant form as well.
Bacterial changes also threaten to make the fungi that cause many infections more widespread: the fungus that causes valley fever thrives in dry, arid soil, and the fungus that causes a disease called histoplasmosis thrives in higher forms.