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CDC Warns Of Fungus Outbreak In The U.S., Netizens Worry “The Last Of Us” May Be Upon Us

CDC Warns Of Fungus Outbreak In The U.S., Netizens Worry “The Last Of Us” May Be Upon Us

According to the study, while the fungus is not a threat to healthy people, about one-third of those who become sick with C. auris die.

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When we said we wanted Pedro Pascal, we didn’t mean the fungus too!

On Monday, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States of America (CDC) reported a drug-resistant and potentially deadly fungus that has been spreading rapidly through health care facilities in the U.S.

According to them, the fungus, a type of yeast called Candida auris, or C. auris, can cause severe illness in people with weakened immune systems.

The number of people diagnosed with infections – as well as the number of those who were found through screening to be carrying C. auris – has been rising at an alarming rate since it was first reported.

The rapid rise and geographic spread of cases is concerning and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance, expanded lab capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and adherence to proven infection prevention and control.

CDC Epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Lyman

According to Lyman, the increases, especially in the most recent years, are really concerning as they’ve begun to see increases not just in areas of ongoing transmission, but also in new areas.

While the fungus is not a threat to healthy people, about one-third of people who become sick with C. auris die.

Additionally, the CDC also found that the number of infections increased by 59%, to 756, from 2019 to 2020 and then by an additional 95%, to 1,471, in 2021.

The researchers also found that the incidence of people not infected with the fungus but “colonized” by it increased by 21% in 2020, compared to 2019, and by 209% in 2021, with an increase to 4,041 in 2021 compared to 1,310 in 2020.

While this gives a reason for U.S. citizens to panic, Malaysian netizens did not fail to share their concern as well.

Many referred to this news as the start of the Last of Us – a 2013 action-adventure game turned series that is set in 2023, 20 years into a pandemic caused by a mass fungal infection, which causes its hosts to transform into zombie-like creatures and collapses society.

Twitter user @LifeComplicate2 said:

Looks like season 2 is gonna be interactive

@LifeComplicate2 Via Twitter

While another Twitter user @sushikimchiii questioned:

Wasn’t this how The Last of Us started?

@sushikimchiii via Twitter

On the other hand, Twitter user @guudbwoi joked saying:

If this continues I guess you can say it’s going to be the last of us.

@guudbwoi via Twitter

Twitter user @lilbabysongbirb said:

When I said give me Pedro Pascal, I DIDN’T MEAN PEDRO PASCAL FROM THE LAST OF US!!!

@lilbabysongbirb via Twitter

With all the chaos going on in the world, maybe we do need Pedro Pascal after all.

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