A fun­gus that crip­ples im­mune sys­tem

The Hindu - - LIFE - Press Trust of In­dia

Sci­en­tists have found how a com­mon fun­gus — found vir­tu­ally ev­ery­where on the Earth — can knock out our body’s de­fence sys­tem, en­abling a po­ten­tially fa­tal in­fec­tion to de­velop.

Aspergillus fu­mi­ga­tus

can be found on damp walls or in spores that blow through the air and cling to on wall­pa­per, mat­tresses and floors.

The im­mune sys­tem of healthy peo­ple can put the spores out of ac­tion. How­ever, the fun­gus can threaten the lives of peo­ple with a com­pro­mised im­mune sys­tem, such as HIVin­fected per­sons.

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