The fungus is known as Cryptococcus neoformans, in most cases the fungus is harmless, but that is assuming that the body is healthy, HealthDay reports. In unhealthy people, using Methamphetamine, gaps can form in the blood-brain barrier, giving access to the fungus, moving from the lungs to the brain. When this happens a deadly, deadly infection ensues.
Working with mice, researchers found that when they injected meth into mice infected with the fungus it dramatically increased the amount of the fungus in the lungs. This action caused the disease to progress rapidly and they died sooner, compared with mice infected with the fungus but were not given methamphetamine.