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Zombie apocalypse??
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“Compost heaps are absolutely lethal if you don’t have fully functioning innate immunity,” said Mr Fisher.

“If you dig into a heap and get a puff of powder, that will be aspergillus fumigatus.

“If your lung macrophages [white blood cells], don’t mop those spores up, they’re absolutely happy growing at 37 degrees and they’ll just rot you down as quick as a flash – that’s a heavy-duty pathogen.”

“They’re looking for protein and carbohydrates – that’s all we are to them,” he added.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/healt...56726.html
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«Common fungal infections are “becoming incurable” with global mortality exceeding that for malaria or breast cancer because of drug-resistant strains which “terrify” doctors and threaten the food chain, a new report has warned.» Uh-oh…

«[R]esearchers from Imperial College London and Exeter University have shown how crops, animals and people are all threatened by nearly omnipresent fungi.

[…]

«While the problem of bacteria becoming resistant to commonly used antibiotics has been widely reported on, and likened to the “apocalypse” by medical leaders, the risks of disease-causing fungi have received far less recognition.

«Fungicides share a problem with antibiotics in that the organisms they aim to kill are becoming resistant to treatments faster than they can be developed, and there are growing numbers of people vulnerable to infection.

[…]

«Unlike bacteria on surfaces and water droplets, fungi are much better at getting airborne and there are at least five types of potentially disease-causing spores in every breath.»

And I love this: «There are currently only four classes of fungicide that can be used in humans, far fewer than classes of antibiotics. This is partly due to humans and fungi being more genetically similar than humans and bacteria, meaning that many drugs which kill fungi will also potentially kill humans.» Wow. Imagine being prescribed freaking *fungicide*. And you'll probably be unaffected anyway, since antifungal stuff is all over the place, thanks to agriculture.

The article ends predictably pathetically: «The race is on to develop new drugs, and the review shows there is promise here.» Yes, if only we can invent some new shit, that'll fix it. Salvation is on the way!


Thanks for this, Ola.
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