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Experts Warn of Drug-Resistant  Jock Itch, Athlete's Foot

Drug-resistant fungal infections are appearing in the United States, resulting in highly contagious and tough-to-treat cases of ringworm, also known as jock itch or athlete's foot, experts warn in a pair of reports.

The two fungi reported are among a group that cause skin rashes of th...

Rare Fungal Infection Reported in Two Cats, Vet Tech

A rare fungal infection has been diagnosed in two cats and a vet tech who treated one of the animals, a new report warns.

The three cases -- discovered in Kansas in late 2022 and early 2023 -- were caused by a fungus called Sporothrix schenckii, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in the May issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Di...

Overuse of Antifungal Skin Meds Could Be Driving Drug-Resistant Disease

U.S. doctors are prescribing antifungal creams to patients with skin complaints at rates so high they could be contributing to the rise of drug-resistant infections, new research shows.

These are "severe antimicrobial-resistant superficial fungal infections, which have recently been detected in the United States," noted a team led by Jeremy Gold, a researcher at the U.S. Centers for Disea...

Don't Use Dr. Berne's and LightEyez Eye Drops Due to Bacteria, Fungus, FDA Says

Tainted eye drops are back in the news, with federal regulators warning consumers not to use certain eye drops because of contamination concerns.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday

Cases of Drug-Resistant Fungal Ringworm Spotted in New York City

The first U.S. cases of drug-resistant ringworm infection have been reported in New York City.

The cases of two women with highly contagious skin infections caused by Trichophyton indotineae are reported in the May 12 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's

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  • Wisconsin Fungal Infection Sickened 4 People, 5 Dogs

    The first season of "The Last of Us" may be over, but many folks have been left with an abiding fear of fungal infections.

    Some of that fear might be well-founded in real life: A cluster of the fungal infection blastomycosis was found in dogs and humans in Wisconsin in 2022, which led to serious health consequences, U.S. health officials report.

    Blastomycosis is caused by a fungus ...

    Cases of Dangerous Drug-Resistant Fungal Infections Are Spreading

    The hit HBO series "The Last of Us" portrays a zombie apocalypse caused by a fungal infection that hijacks human brains.

    Back in the real world, there's an emerging fungal threat rampaging through the United States, a new study warns — one that doesn't turn humans into zombies, but does endanger lives.

    Candida auris has surged across the nation since the first case occurr...

    'The Last of Us': How Likely Is a Fungal Apocalypse?

    HBO's hit series “The Last of Us" envisions a world decimated by a fungal apocalypse.

    A real-life insect fungus called Cordyceps makes the leap into humans, turning those stricken into violent zombie-like creatures that spread it to others through bites. Society collapses in a matter of days after the fungus emerges.

    But viewers can relax: There's very little real risk th...

    Climate Change May Bring More Fungal Lung Infections

    Fungal lung infections are spreading to parts of the United States where they were once never seen — likely a result of climate change, experts say.

    To the average person, the term fungal infection may conjure up thoughts of athlete's foot or toenail problems. But some fungus species cause potentially severe respiratory infections, when a person inhales microscopic spores from fung...

    Fungi in Soil Can Cause Illness, With Range Expanding in U.S.

    Fungi found in the soil are causing lung infections nationwide, even in places that doctors aren't aware are at risk.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not revised maps for environmental fungi since 1969, according to a

    Deadly 'Black Fungus' Disease Spotted in Americans With COVID-19

    It's a phenomenon first identified in India earlier this year: Patients who have or are recovering from COVID-19 who then contract a sometimes deadly fungal infection known as mucormycosis -- also known as "black fungus."

    Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said isolated cases...

    'Superbug' Fungus Spreads Among Vulnerable in Two U.S. Cities

    An untreatable "superbug" fungus is spreading in a Washington, D.C., nursing home and two Dallas-area hospitals, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

    There were 101 candida auris cases at the nursing home and 22 cases at the hospitals from January to April, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did not identify the f...

    Could a Yeast Found in Cheese Be Key to Easing Crohn's Disease?

    A new tissue infection has been identified in Crohn's disease patients, and researchers say their finding could ultimately lead to better treatment of the common inflammatory bowel disease.

    Areas of unhealed wounds in the intestines of Crohn's patients have elevated levels of a type of yeast widely found in cheese and processed meat, the new study found.

    The researchers discovered t...

    Microbes in Lungs Could Affect COVID-19 Outcomes

    Scientists have discovered that the types of fungi living in the lungs play a big part in severity of a life-threatening condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

    In ARDS -- a condition developed by many patients with severe cases of COVID-19 -- the lungs are unable to supply adequate oxygen to vital organs. Patients with ARDS are usually placed on ventilators.

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    Fungal Invasion May Drive Some Pancreatic Cancers

    Fungi living in the gut can move into the pancreas, triggering changes to normal cells that can result in cancer, a new study suggests.

    The finding could advance the prevention and treatment of pancreatic cancer, which is usually fatal because it's often detected too late. The disease has been in the news lately because "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is waging a battle against an advan...

    Specialist Care Crucial for Hospital Patients With Fungal Infections

    Among hospitalized patients, infections with the fungus Candida are common and deadly.

    In the United States, 25,000 cases occur each year, and nearly 45% of infected patients die. But a new study reports that the death rate can be cut by 20% if an infectious disease specialist takes charge of such cases.

    These specialists are more likely to follow evidence-bas...

    Could Climate Change Help Spread Dangerous Fungal Infection?

    Scary new life-threatening fungal infections could soon menace mankind, thanks to climate change, a new report argues.

    In general, humans are incredibly resistant to fungal infections because these organisms don't thrive in warmth, said lead author Dr. Arturo Casadevall, chair of molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore....

    Microbes on International Space Station Are Familiar From Earth

    Scientists have been cataloging bacteria and fungi inside the International Space Station (ISS), and they say their efforts will should keep astronauts safe and could also have benefits on Earth.

    The team analyzed samples collected from eight locations on the space station during three flights across 14 months. The samples came from the viewing window, toilet, exercise platform, dinin...