A leading microbiologist has warned of the major threat that killer fungi pose to our health and the environment.
Recently released study statistics reveal that fungal diseases are the key factor behind hundreds of thousands of deaths annually, with fungi now more responsible than malaria for deaths around the world.
Highlighting the dangers in a recent lecture at Cardiff University, Professor Rosemary Barnes said: “For most people, fungal disease means a bit of athlete’s foot or a manky-looking toenail. These may be irritating and unsightly, but fungi can do far worse.”
Demonstrating the proof, Professor Barnes added: “Fungi kill more people than malaria and tuberculosis worldwide. They also destroy about a third of all arable food crops.”
While relatively few species of fungi can cause human disease, Professor Barnes added that we should be aware of the dangers presented by matter that is incredibly common in our daily lives.
This definitely provides food for thought for us, particularly as parents.