Candida auris emergence may be related to climate change hits the news

A paper recently published in mBio by Arturo Casadevall, Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Vincent Robert and entitled "on the emergence of Candida auris: climate change, azoles, swamps and birds" has recently caught the attention of news media worldwide during the last few days with articles in the Washington post, Time, The Telegraph, The Sun, The Daily Mail, and other journals as well as on TV networks like CNN, NBC, CBS, 9NEWS or RT. The authors have also been interviewed on several radios in the BNR in the Netherlands and CBC in Canada. Here are short movies or TV programs illustrating the problem and a poem was even written by a British researcher. More news here and or here.

Here is the abstract of the article:

The most enigmatic aspect of the rise of Candida auris as a human pathogen is that it emerged simultaneously in three continents with each clade being genetically distinct. Although new pathogenic fungal species are described regularly, these are mostly species associated with single cases in individuals who are immunosuppressed. In this study, we used phylogenetic analysis to compare C. auris with temperature susceptibility of close relatives and use these results to argue that it may be the first example of a new fungal disease emerging from climate change with the caveat that many other factors could have contributed.

The authors of the paper, Arturo Casadevall, Dimitrios Kontoyanis and Vincent Robert

Arturo CasadevallDimitrios KontoyanisVincent Robert