CDC concerned about fatal, drug-resistant fungus found in healthcare facilities

Drug-resistant fungus is spreading scientists warn of new superbugs to come

Drug-resistant fungus is spreading scientists warn of new superbugs to come

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. Outside the US, C. auris has been discovered in over 20 countries worldwide, according to the CDC.

As concerns have heightened at hospitals and other healthcare facilities around the country about a drug-resistant strain of fungus, CT health officials say they've not documented any new cases in the state. Also known as C. auris, it is resistant to at least one class of anti-fungal drugs, one-third of the strains are resistant to two classes of anti-fungal drugs and some strains are resistant to all three, according to the CDC. Unlike other species of Candida, for example, C. auris has been found to spread more easily from person to person, according to the CDC.

Almost half of all patients who contract Candida auris die within 90 days.

Unfortunately the answer is yes - it's estimated that between 30 and 60% of people who had it have died.

Why is Candida Auris Deadly?

Infection of the disease is usually diagnosed by blood cultures, but it is harder to identify as it can be confused with other types of yeasts and requires special laboratory tests.

An emerging multidrug-resistant fungus called Candida auris (C. auris) is causing healthcare-associated infections around the world, including the United States and IL. "There are steps physicians, health care facilities, and individuals can take to avoid infection and prevent the spread of disease, and IDPH encourages all Illinoisans to get educated and stay safe". It can linger on medical equipment and surfaces.

"C. auris can spread between patients in healthcare facilities and cause outbreaks". People can also have C. auris on their body without developing an infection or any symptoms. You may not be sick with it or have an infection, but you could be spreading it around unknowingly.

Those at high risk of C. auris are those who recently had surgery, suffer from diabetes and have taken a broad spectrum of antibiotic and anti-fungal medications.

Though healthy people aren't likely to be affected by Candida auris, it's recommended that anyone who is around a patient with C. auris (including healthcare workers) practice good hygiene and wash their hands thoroughly. Those who are at the highest risk include folks with a weakened immune system, anyone living in nursing homes, or have feeding tubes, breathing tubes and catheters entering their body.

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