Fungal infections are next chapter in reporting on superbugs
Reporters looking to write about the next chapter in antimicrobial resistance should get up to speed on fungal infections.
Fungi are spore-producing organisms like yeast, molds and mushrooms. About 100 of them are known to cause disease in humans. Deadly antimicrobial resistant fungal infection cases, already rising in nursing homes and hospitals before the pandemic, accelerated during the past two years, according to the CDC.
Hospital overuse of antibiotics, especially during the first year of the pandemic when there were few options for treating patients, plus the use of steroids to treat lung inflammation caused by COVID-19, both contributed to increases in resistant fungal infections with high mortality rates.
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