By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science

A deadly fungal infection that is resistant to major antimicrobial medications is spreading globally, and scientists aren’t sure where it came from.

The fungus, called Candida auris, is a yeast that normally lives harmlessly on the skin and mucous membranes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to The New York Times, a drug-resistant form of the fungus has popped up across the globe, including in England, Spain, India, Venezuela and the United States.

“It is a creature from the black lagoon,” Tom Chiller, the head of the fungal branch at the CDC, told the Times. “It bubbled up and now it is everywhere.” [27 Devastating Infectious Diseases]

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  1. More than likely released from a secret U.S. bio warfare lab.
    West Nile virus. AIDS. G5. What’s next?

    • JohnZ, If you want to blame someone for releasing this, blame South Korea where it was first found in 1996 and then later in Japan.

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