Asia on high alert for invasive fungus

A fungal disease specialist holding a microscope slide with inactive Candida auris. The rise of the superbug in locations ranging from the United States to India has been presented as a serious and growing public threat.
A fungal disease specialist holding a microscope slide with inactive Candida auris. The rise of the superbug in locations ranging from the United States to India has been presented as a serious and growing public threat.PHOTO: NYTIMES

Countries in region step up efforts to prevent spread of drug-resistant strain of Candida auris

Countries across the Asia-Pacific region are on alert for any potential outbreak of the Candida auris fungal infection, a watch that has been heightened since last week when the microbe was cast in the international spotlight in an article in The New York Times.

The rise of the superbug in locations ranging from the United States to India was presented as a serious and growing public threat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2019, with the headline 'Asia on high alert for invasive fungus'. Print Edition | Subscribe