FUNGUS IMMUNE TO DRUGS IS SECRETLY SWEEPING THE GLOBE
08, Apr 2019
Prelims level : Science & Technology Mains level : GS-III Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management
Why is it in news?
- The rise of Candida auris indicates that bacteria, germs are growing resistance.
- The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Leading federal Centers for
- Disease Control and Prevention added it to a list of germs deemed “urgent threats.” C. auris is so tenacious, in part, because it is impervious to major antifungal medications, making it a new example of one of the world’s most intractable health threats: the rise of drug-resistant infections.
Antibiotic resistant infections:
- Antibiotic resistant infections are not controlled or killed by antibiotics. They are able to survive and even multiply in the presence of an antibiotic. Overuse of antibiotics was reducing the effectiveness of drugs that have lengthened life spans by curing bacterial infections once commonly fatal.
- But lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a new and frightening dimension to a phenomenon that is undermining a pillar of modern medicine. The World Alliance against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR) — a conglomerate of 600 individuals from 50 countries and 96 professional groups — is concerned by the increasing incidence of antibiotic resistance.