A deadly drug resistant fungus threatens the world

A deadly drug resistant fungus threatens the world

A deadly drug resistant fungus threatens the world

Although there are three different anti-fungal drug classes, most known strains are resistant to at least one drug, one-third are resistant to two drugs, and a number of strains resistant to three drugs.

A risky, emerging fungus that is resistant to antifungal drugs is becoming an increasing health concern around the world.

The Candida Auris attacks patients with a weakened immune system.

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.

A resistant superbug fungus that can kill people within 90 days is creeping into countries across the globe, with more than 587 cases confirmed in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Candida Auris, or C. auris, is a fungus resistant to multiple drugs that has been spreading in hospitals and nursing homes.

Healthy people with immune systems in top shape are believed to be in very low risk of getting an infection, according to Forbes. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.

The first reported case of C. auris occurred in the United States in 2013, when a 61-year-old woman with respiratory failure came to NY from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Times.


"With the propensity of C. auris to cause outbreaks in healthcare settings, institutions may have to do risk assessment to consider including this fungus into their screening protocols and further strengthen infection control measures to prevent it from becoming a major global public health issue".

The largest number of cases have been reported in NY with 309 of 587 USA cases as of February 28, 2019.

The Brooklyn patient died 90 days after being admitted to hospital, but the Candida Auris did not disappear.

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.

This fungus C Auris has also reached other parts of the world like New York, New Jersey and IL, and other regions of Asia.

[Image: courtesy of CDC] The CDC is recommending that laboratories and healthcare facilities with suspected cases immediately contact the CDC-along with state and local health authorities-for guidance.

Another outbreak occurred at a hospital in Spain in 2018.

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