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Climate change, mass production of feedstocks, improved survival rates for patient with serious autoimmune diseases and cancers have increases the risk of fungus-caused infections in geographic areas previously thought safe. Most serious, are aggressive fungal infections that create difficult to treat pneumonias that lead to organ failure and death. Immune-compromised individuals need to initiate medication treatment as early as possible to have a chance of survival. Normally healthy individual may spread the infection unknowingly, since in the early stages their symptoms may appear to be no more than a common cold. With the change in climate, atypical fungal species will become prevalent, some of which respond weakly to existing drugs, so earlier interventions are likewise important.
Utah State University
detection of fungal infections, SERs, Surface Enhance Raman
USU College of Engineering, "Detection of Fungal Infections Using SERS | Biological Engineering" (2016). College of Engineering News. 146.