Before "The Last of Us", I was part of an international team to chart the threat of killer fungi. This is what we found

Wed, 1 Mar 2023 22:28:35 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at]>

Andrew Pam

"Fungal infections have received a frenzy of attention thanks to the popularity
of HBO’s The Last of Us. The show depicts a fungal pandemic caused by the
real-life zombie-ant fungus, Ophiocordyceps unilateralis. It imagines the
outcome of society’s collapse and a brutal approach to maintaining public

But in (real-life) laboratories, hospitals and public health units around the
world, researchers have been warning about the rise of potentially deadly
fungal infections for years.

With few drugs to treat major fungal infections, and no vaccines on the
horizon, the potential harm caused by fungal infections have raised alarms at
the highest levels of public health.

I was part of a large international team of researchers commissioned by the
World Health Organization (WHO) to understand which fungal pathogens we most
needed to research and which posed the greatest public health threat. This is
what its report found."

       *** Xanni ***
--               Andrew Pam                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu            Partner, Glass Wings               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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