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HBO new hit show The Last of Us takes place in post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a fungal outbreak. Liane Hentscher/HBO hide caption

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The premise of The Last of Us is that the cordyceps fungus turns people into creatures that do the fungus's bidding. HBO Max/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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'The Last Of Us' made us wonder: Could a deadly fungus really cause a pandemic?

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