The fungicide-resistant pathogen causing trouble among the tulips

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Eight strains of azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) – a pathogenic fungus that infects humans – have been identified on a tulip bulb imported to Japan.

A. fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal human pathogen currently rising in global prevalence, causing an increase in fungal infections such as pulmonary aspergillosis (PA). Recent findings have, in particular, highlighted a potential surge in influenza-and COVID-19-related PA cases.

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