The Fungal Threat > Fight the Fungus! A
Medical Research Council and University of Exeter

Fight the Fungus! A

Our bodies have a fantastic defence system called the immune system. It is the best known defence against disease but in some very sick people, it can become weaker. These people risk infections, including those caused by fungi.

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1. A patient with a weakened immune system is complaining about fever, chest pain and a cough. Which type of fungus is most likely to cause these symptoms?

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2. You’ve now run some tests and the lab has called you to have a look at the fungus under the microscope. Does it look like the fungi you suspected?

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3. Now you need to treat the infection. Which of the drugs do you think will work?

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