A Superfungus Is Claiming Lives All Over The World – And Scientists Don’t Know How To Contain It

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In around the 2000s a fungus called Candida auris started to spread across the world. It’s nothing special to look at – just another member of the sprawling Candida family of yeasts. Most of these yeasts live harmlessly on the skin or moist surfaces of the human body. But some, if they enter the body, can lead to infections.

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Of these infecting yeasts, the most widespread is Candida albicans. This fungus causes the infection of the mouth known as “thrush.” Its effects are also sometimes referred to simply as a “yeast infection.” And on whichever part of the body C. albicans infects, it can cause itching and soreness, while sometimes even leading to fevers.

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