The statistics are shocking — and you won’t have heard of them. One in five patients admitted to intensive care with flu may contract a lethal fungal infection in their lungs called aspergillosis which can resist medicine’s best drugs. Spores from this fungus are in the air all around us. They invade these patients’ lungs after an average of only three days in intensive care. And aspergillus kills nearly half of those it infects. Most disturbingly of all, these victims are not the traditional prey of aspergillus fungus — vulnerable patients with failed immune systems — but young, otherwise robust people whose defences have been lowered temporarily by flu. Did you know? One in five patients admitted to intensive care with flu may contract a lethal fungal infection in their lungs called aspergillosis which can resist medicine’s best drugs So why haven’t you heard about this? The answer is that these statistics, published in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal in November, have been compiled by doctors at hospitals in Belgium and the Netherlands, where staff are extremely vigilant for aspergillosis. In the UK, figures indicate a mere 0.2 per cent of all intensive care patients become infected with aspergillus. Why… Read full this story
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