Recently the United States and Mexico have asked the World Health Organization (WHO)

to declare a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) over a deadly fungal outbreak.  

The outbreak has been linked to cosmetic surgeries performed in two facilities in Mexico. 

The fungus, Fusarium solani, is a common fungus that can be found in soil and water.  

However, it can also be found in hospitals and other healthcare settings.  

Fusarium solani can cause a variety of infections, including meningitis, 

brain abscesses, and pneumonia. In some cases, the infection can be fatal. 

The outbreak in Mexico began in late 2022.  

As of March 2023, there have been over 100 cases reported in Mexico and the United States. 

Of those cases, at least 17 people have died.