Drug-resistant Deadly ‘Super Fungus’ Continues To Spread Through Hospitals

Drug-resistant Deadly ‘Super Fungus’ Continues To Spread Through Hospitals

But early detection of patients with C. auris and good infection prevention practices, such as meticulous hand hygiene and environmental disinfection, can prevent its spread.

"We are constantly looking out for any new infectious diseases".

Candida auris, a yeast infection with a 1/3 mortality rate if the infection reaches either the blood, heart or brain, was first discovered in Japan in 2009 and presents a "serious global health threat", the CDC said.

According to the CDC, some strains of Candida auris, which is a kind of yeast, are resistant to all three types of anti-fungal medicines.

Doctors and researchers are still unsure what causes drug-resistant diseases, but they do know there are different strains of candida auris in different parts of the world, causing them to believe the fungus didn't come from a single place, The New York Times reported.

"Some of the conventional anti-fungals do not work against Candida auris", he said.

Worldwide cases of an infection known as Candida auris have become an "urgent threat", unveiling the dangers of drug-resistant germs for both bacteria and fungi from a cloud of secrecy over fear of public hysteria, The New York Times reported. To date, the CDC says there have been 587 confirmed cases in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking map of C. auris in the United States. In the 10 years since its debut, the fungus has spread rapidly around the globe and has now been positively identified throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe.




It is a fungus which when enters the bloodstream, causes life-threatening infections.

In both cases, the infections seemed to be imported from overseas as there were no reports of a Candida auris outbreak from Singapore, the report said.

People who recently had surgery, live in nursing homes, or who have breathing tubes, feeding tubes or central venous catheters appear to be at highest risk. "Candida auris is just the latest of these".

That's all making it hard to control the spread.

For decades, public health experts have warned that the overuse of antibiotics was reducing the effectiveness of drugs that have lengthened lifespans by curing bacterial infections once commonly fatal.

In regards to finding a way to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections, Nett said research groups are designing new strategies to fight invasive fungal infections, "including novel antifungals and vaccines".

The fungus can remain on hospital furniture and equipment as well as on human skin for months.

The elderly man, who was not named by the Times, was isolated in the intensive care unit, but died 90 days later. Combined, New York and New Jersey account for more than 70% of US cases.

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