The rise of a deadly superfungus may be tied to global warming – Science Magazine
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Scientists have a new theory about the origin of a mysterious superfungus. In 2009, a highly drug-resistant fungus known as Candida auris seemed to have come out of nowhere. Since then, it has spread across more than 30 countries causing deadly outbreaks in hospitals and nursing homes. Now, scientists argue this may have been driven by global warming, The Washington Post reports. One of the strangest things about C. auris is that it emerged on three continents around the same time, but globally rising temperatures help connect the dots, researchers write in mBio. They believe the fungus became dangerous as it adapted to grow at warmer temperatures closer to those of the human body.