Deadly, drug-resistant fungus spreading through hospitals — CDC

This Fungal Infection is Drug-Resistant Can Kill You in 90 Days and Has Spread Worldwide- WORLD OF BUZZ

In this country, the large majority of cases are in the NY and New Jersey metro area.

According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), symptoms may not be noticeable.

"Most cases detected have not shown symptoms or developed an infection as a result of the fungus".

Dr Colin Brown, Consultant Medical Microbiologist for Public Health England's national infection service, said, "Candida auris is an uncommon fungus in the United Kingdom and our enhanced surveillance shows a low risk to patients in healthcare settings".

Unlike other types of yeast infections, Candida auris has been found to have varying degrees of resistance to the three classes of drugs that have traditionally been successful in treating fungal infections.

After the woman's wound had gotten infected, multiple organisms - including Candida auris, started to grow.

The fungus can spread through direct contact with an infected person, or through contact with a contaminated environment, equipment or other surfaces.

About 60 percent of those who've been infected with C auris have died.

"Early detection of patients infected with C. auris, as well as good infection prevention and control practices, such as meticulous hand hygiene and environmental disinfection, can prevent its spread", the spokesman said.

The spread of the fungus has been called a "serious global health threat" by the CDC.

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5. New York Currently Has the highest number of Cases in the U.S.

Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD, and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, tells Salon Candida auris has emerged as a public health threat for many reasons.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the fungus may be hard to detect because patients are often already sick and only a lab test can identify the superbug.

Almost half of the patients who are infected with the C. auris die in 90 days.

But Dr. Ted Louie, an infectious disease specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, said many hospitals don't know how to eradicate the fungus once it has occurred.

So far, the CDC has received 587 reports of cases in the United States.

Map showing the prevalence of Candida auris spread worldwide.

For now, the fungus can be treated with anti-fungal medications called echinocandins. Be it a bacterial or fungal infection, the need is for better infection control in hospitals and to take measures outside the hospitals as well, he says.

Part of the reason for the fungus' tenacity is because it is impervious to drug treatments. On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, NY state health officials provided new details about a continuing outbreak of the infection.

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