Unfortunately, resistant fungal infections are on the rise. And the Netherlands could be a culprit, according to the newspaper.
Resistance is a growing problem in the potentially deadly fungal infection caused by Aspergillus fumigatus a fungus that targets the respiratory tract. This fungus is especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems.
According to the Daily Mail, we use too many azoles, antifungals, in flower cultivation in the Netherlands to combat fungal infections. It would already have been shown that the constant exposure of fungi such as Aspergillus causes resistance to azoles. With this, these agents also lose their efficacy as antifungal drugs in humans.
Back in 2017, Foodlog headlined: Dutch flower bulbs risk for people with weak constitution. An in-depth article showed that the problem is more widespread than bulb cultivation and that mould resistance is a public health hazard.