Scientists warned of the serious risk of fungal infections

Ученые предупредили о серьезной опасности грибковых инфекций

Fungi may soon acquire resistance to antifungal drugs and lead to epidemics.

Scientists from Imperial College London and Exeter University have found that are immune to treatment the fungus may soon lead to an epidemic that will destroy the plants, animals and people. The results of their joint research published in the journal Science.

According to the experts, the fungus can soon turn into a kind of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” and acquire immunity to antifungal drugs, which are often overused in medicine and agriculture.

In particular, this is facilitated by regular use of drugs for the treatment of fungal stomatitis, athlete’s foot, dermatophyte and onychomycosis.

While scientists say that the threat is undervalued and will soon make themselves known. According to them, the drugs only kill the weak culture of fungi, and the strong survive and evolyutsioniruet, acquiring invulnerability to antifungal drugs.

In this regard, professionals call for the development of tools able to confront this threat.

The researchers also claim that fungal infections take more lives than breast cancer and malaria. In addition, according to them, the mortality from diseases caused by fungi, comparable with mortality from tuberculosis and AIDS.

On the feet it is home to approximately 200 types of fungi – the scientists

Earlier it was reported that the UN has launched a program to combat the spread of the fungi, damaging banana plantations.

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RIA Novosti