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Antibiotics can lead to life-threatening fungal infection because of disruption to the gut microbiome – new study

By Rebecca A. Drummond, Fellow, Immunology and Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham
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Fungal infections kill around the same number of people each year as tuberculosis. They mostly take hold in people who are vulnerable because they have a defective immune system caused by an underlying disease, such as cancer, or a viral infection, such as HIV or COVID. Our new study shows that antibiotics can cause immune system defects that increase the risk of dangerous fungal infections.
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