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Candida auris outbreak: Superbug fungus has sickened hundreds, CDC says

09 Апреля 2019

A drug resistant fungus being called a global health threat has been detected in IL. Now, fungal infections are becoming resistant.

They also urged healthcare institutions to consider including C. auris in their screening protocols and further strengthen infection control measures.

Specifically, the hospital told PIX11 News in a statement, "As a health system, we have been at the forefront of developing infection prevention protocols working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)". The yeast, according to that alert, was first discovered in 2009 from the ear discharge of a patient in Japan, though a retrospective study of old medical samples found one infection dating back to 1996 in South Korea. The fungus spreads through moist surfaces, hospital linen, blankets, temperature probes etc, he says, recalling an instance when a ventilator had to be destroyed because it could not be properly disinfected.

Some experts think heavy use of pesticides and other antifungal treatments caused candida auris to pop up in a variety of locations around the same time. Candida auris is an opportunistic pathogen that is usually present in hospital environment.

What makes the fungus so risky is that it is resistant to major antifungal drugs that are typically used to treat infections. The other two cases in 2016 involved a Bangladeshi man and an American man who were treated in Singapore. The first involved a 24-year-old Bangladeshi male who flew to Singapore to seek medical treatment, while the second involved a 69-year-old United States male citizen who was suffering from a lung disease.

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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. "In some outbreaks, reported mortality has approached 60 percent".

The hospital needed special equipment for the cleanup, and had to rip out pieces of the floor and ceiling to remove the fungus from the facility, according to the Times report. The healthcare industry has argued that publicising an outbreak would scare people unnecessarily - after all, adequate precautions have been taken to prevent the spread.

According to the New York Times, in 2015, there was an outbreak at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, which resulted in 72 total cases of C. auris. However, if you are admitted in a hospital, you can ask if there have been cases of C. auris there.

Business Insider has contacted the CDC Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology and Health Promotion Board for comment.

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