Dangerous Fungi are Spreading Across the Globe

Is it possible that warming temperatures are helping dangerous fungi spread infections to more people?

Dangerous Fungi Spread
Dangerous Fungi Spread

Climate Change, particularly warming temperatures could perhaps bring dangerous fungi spread. This then could go on spreading and infect people in different ways.

The scientific evidence suggests it could be, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, which states that “dangerous fungal infections are on the rise.”

The human body’s average temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit has long been too hot for most fungi to thrive, infectious-disease specialists say. But as temperatures have risen globally, some fungi might be adapting to endure more heat stress, including conditions within the human body, research suggests. Climate change might also be creating conditions for some disease-causing fungi to expand their geographical range, research shows.

In the video game and HBO show The Last of Us,” a fungus infects people en masse and turns them into monstrous creatures. The fungus is based on a real genus, Ophiocordyceps, that includes species that infect insects, disabling and killing them.

There have been no known Ophiocordyceps infections in people, infectious-disease experts said, but they said the rising temperatures that facilitated the spread of the killer dangerous fungi in the show may be pushing other fungi to better adapt to human hosts and expand into new geographical ranges.

Cryptococcus infections can be deadly, particularly in immunocompromised people. At least 110,000 people die globally each year from brain infections caused by Cryptococcus fungi, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

“We keep saying these fungi are rare, but this must be the most common rare disease because they’re now everywhere,” Dr. Spec said.

Written by Shaheer Ahmed


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