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WHO Releases First Fungal Infection List

Published on October 28, 2022
Current Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) released the first-ever Fungal Priority Pathogens List (FPPL).
WHO Releases First Fungal Infection List
  • The FPPL includes 19 fungi that could turn out to be a major threat to human health.
  • The WHO also warned that out of these, some strains of fungi are highly drug-resistant.
  • The list divides fungal pathogens into three categories:
  1. Critical priority
  2. High priority
  3. Medium priority
  • The critical priority group includes highly drug-resistant fungi Candida Auris, Aspergillus fumigatus, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Candida albicans.
  • The high-priority group includes Mucorales, a group containing “black fungus".
  • The medium priority group includes Coccidioides spp and Cryptococcus gattii.
  • The WHO Director, of AMR Global Coordination Department, Dr. Haileyesus Getahun said that more data and evidence were needed regarding fungal infections and anti-fungal resistance to counter these priority pathogens.


Q.1 The first-ever Fungal Priority Pathogens List (FPPL) was recently released by?
a. The Lancet
b. WHO
d. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
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