Mold in the News Series

Part 2: Fungal Infections are Headline News

Cesar Collado
Nov 24, 2023

Fungal Infections Are a Growing Concern

By Cesar Collado

Fungal infections have generally been overshadowed by bacterial and viral infections.  In recent years, fungal infections have gained prominence in the news due to their increasing prevalence and challenging nature. These infections pose a significant threat to human health.  As a result, it is important to keep informed about the latest developments surrounding fungal infections.

The following headlines of scientific findings are related to fungal infections. These stories shed light on the importance of awareness and preventive measures.

The Rise of Candida Auris

Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant fungal pathogen, has been making headlines as a global health concern. In recent years, outbreaks of this highly virulent yeast have been reported in healthcare settings worldwide. These infections are particularly alarming due to their resistance to multiple antifungal drugs, making treatment difficult. Improved surveillance, infection control measures, and the development of new antifungal agents are vital in combating the spread of Candida auris.

Mucormycosis and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed another dangerous fungal infection, mucormycosis.  Mucor is one of a few “black funguses.” While sometimes mistaken for Stachybotrys, Toxic Black Mold, it is an entirely different dangerous black fungus that produces mycotoxins.  This rare but severe infection primarily affects individuals with weakened immune systems, including COVID-19 patients. Mucormycosis has garnered attention in the news due to its devastating impact on survivors of the COVID virus.  It can lead to vision loss, facial disfigurement, and even death. The increasing incidence of mucormycosis has highlighted the importance of monitoring and early detection in vulnerable populations.

Black fungus symptoms

Mucormycosis can reach numerous human tissues including lungs, sinuses, skin, brain, and eyes.  As a result, the symptoms can be diverse and severe.

Mucor in the brain

Fungal Infections in Agricultural and Environmental Settings

Fungal infections are not limited to human health but also affect agricultural and environmental sectors. In recent news, concerns have arisen regarding the impact of fungal pathogens on crops, leading to significant economic losses and food security issues. Fungal diseases such as wheat rust and Panama disease (banana wilt) have threatened staple crops, emphasizing the need for improved disease management strategies and research to develop resistant varieties.

Antifungal Drug Development

Given the rise of drug-resistant fungal infections, the development of effective antifungal medications is crucial. In recent years, there have been promising advancements in this field. Researchers are exploring new drug targets and innovative treatment approaches to combat fungal infections. Moreover, the repurposing of existing drugs, such as those used against other diseases, shows potential for treating fungal infections. These developments offer hope in the fight against drug-resistant fungi.

Public Awareness and Prevention

As fungal infections continue to pose a significant health challenge, public awareness and preventive measures play a vital role. Educational campaigns and healthcare initiatives are necessary to educate the public and healthcare professionals about the risks, early symptoms, and preventive strategies related to fungal infections. Timely diagnosis, proper hygiene practices, and adherence to infection control protocols are crucial steps to reduce the burden of these infections.


The emergence of fungal infections in the news highlights the urgent need for increased attention and research in this field. The rise of drug-resistant strains, the association between fungal infections and COVID-19, and the impact on agriculture and the environment all underscore the importance of proactive measures. By staying informed, promoting awareness, and supporting scientific advancements, we can address the challenges posed by fungal infections and work towards better prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies for the benefit of public health.

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"Toxic Mold in the News" Series publishing weekly starting mid-November 2023.

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 1:

Mold in the News Series Introduction

November 17, 2023

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 2:

Fungal Infections Are a Growing Concern

November 24, 2023

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 3:

Candida Infections in the Brain

December 1, 2023

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 4:

Fungal Brain Infections

December 8, 2023

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 5:

The Link Between Mold Illness and Alzheimer’s

December 15, 2023

Headline News

Toxic Mold in the News Part 6:

2023 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

December 22, 2023

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Toxic Mold in the News Part 7:

Common Plant Fungus Cross Species to Humans

December 29, 2023

Product Recalls

Toxic Mold in the News Part 8:

Product Recalls Due to Mold

January 5, 2023