Candida auris, a pathogenic fungus that has been spreading throughout the United States, was discovered in Japan a decade ago after its isolation from a patient with an ear infection.

Shortly afterward, the fungus — which was new to medicine — was identified around the globe.

It was detected elsewhere in Asia and as far south as Australia. By 2013, it was in Britain, where it spread to 55 hospitals, and by 2017 had infected more than 200 patients, a report in the scientific journal Public Health England revealed.

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