When the world is coping up with the COVID-19 outbreak with cases have been increasing in several states and we are also running the massive vaccination drive the scientists have found traces of a "superbug" on remote sandy beaches of the country which could potentially be the next deadly pandemic.
Researchers in India have found evidence of Candida auris, a "superbug” that can lead to the next deadly pandemic. It is for the first time that the organism has been found on a beach and tidal swamp in the remote coastal wetland ecosystem.
A team led by Dr Anuradha Chowdhary, at the University of Delhi, studied 48 samples of soil and water collected from eight natural sites around the Andaman Islands. These included sandy beaches, rocky shores, tidal marshes, and mangrove swamps. The researchers isolated C. auris from two sites: a salt marsh wetland where no humans have gone and a beach with more human activity.
According to statement published in Live Science “It was found the C. auris isolates from the beach were all multi-drug resistant and were more closely related to strains seen in hospitals compared with the isolates found in the marsh."
Candida auris, a multidrug-resistant organism is a "landmark discovery". The 'superbug' is able to resist main anti-fungal treatments. This study was published in the journal mBio on March 16. The report says that the COVID-19 pandemic has offered the "perfect conditions for widespread outbreaks" of C. auris. C. auris was discovered in hospitals around the world about a decade ago. This “superbug” fungus was first discovered in 2009 in a patient in Japan.
Around 270 people in the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with this infection until 2019, the report cited data from Public Health England. Also, eight people have died. However the report said, it was not possible to attribute the deaths directly to the fungus.