THE TIMES: Shapeshifting Japanese super-fungus Candida auris linked to deaths of eight Britons

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Release date: 28/4/2019

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David Denning, professor of infectious diseases at Manchester University, said: “Candida auris is a shapeshifter. The normal cell is egg-shaped but it can also produce tubes called hyphae which invade tissue or it can form a biofilm where the cells are embedded in a protective matrix.

“It also loves salt, so it flourishes on the skin, [for instance in] the armpit and groin.”

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TitleShapeshifting Japanese super-fungus Candida auris linked to deaths of eight Britons
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date28/04/19
DescriptionDavid Denning, professor of infectious diseases at Manchester University, said: “Candida auris is a shapeshifter. The normal cell is egg-shaped but it can also produce tubes called hyphae which invade tissue or it can form a biofilm where the cells are embedded in a protective matrix.

“It also loves salt, so it flourishes on the skin, [for instance in] the armpit and groin.”
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/shapeshifting-japanese-super-fungus-candida-auris-linked-to-deaths-of-eight-britons-wc8ch5v2g
PersonsDavid Denning