This drug-resistant fungus is spreading. Scientists warn of new superbugs to come

(CNN)It began in 2009, when doctors in Tokyo swabbed the ear of a 70-year-old woman and found an unknown strain of fungus that can infect humans and, in severe cases, cause a blood infection in high-risk patients. It’s called Candida auris. But when scientists went looking for C. auris in old samples — knowing that earlier tests may have misidentified it or not picked it up — it was hardly anywhere to be found. “It’s a bit of a paradox, really,” said Dr. David Eyre, an infectious disease physician based at Oxford University. “Why has it suddenly come to cause a problem at a similar time in different parts of the world?” Could it have to do with our use …