CDC: 600 cases of a deadly drug-resistant fungus reported

CDC: 600 cases of a deadly drug-resistant fungus reported

Most of the cases were reported in New York, New Jersey and IL.

Per the CDC, a total of 587 cases of C. auris have been reported in the United States as of the end of February, with another 30 probable cases reported. The most vulnerable are the elderly people, those who are already sick and newborns.

There were 11 isolated cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals here since 2012 but no outbreak was reported, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman said on Tuesday (April 9) in response to queries.

The CDC said symptoms of C. auris are hard to identify as it is often spread in medical facilities where people are already suffering from other illnesses.

"We're seeing it in hospitals - we have a problem obviously in NY and New Jersey, but we see it in Spain, the United Kingdom, South Africa and other places".

If the fungus is so unsafe, why haven't more people heard about it?

5. New York Currently Has the highest number of Cases in the U.S. The fungus, which one epidemiologist described as "pretty much unbeatable", not only causes severe infections, but is also extremely resistant to cleaning products - meaning hospitals have trouble disinfecting rooms. The doctors prescribed antibiotics and antifungal medication, but fluconazole was discontinued after a week when the fungus was tested to be resistant to it, the report said.


"This is a fairly new occurrence and we are still learning how to deal with it", he said. This means existing options for infected patients are incredibly limited. It attacks those with compromised (or weakened) immune systems - such as AIDS patients, in cases of transplants, malignancies and those using catheters.

He said infected patients do have a high mortality rate, partly due to their existing illnesses, and because the fungus is harder to treat than other fungal infections.

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

A blood test revealed that he was infected with a fungus called Candida Auris, which has recently been found to be particularly lethal.

This was done to "enable a coordinated and broad-based response to infectious threats of public health importance", the spokesman said. "Candida auris is just the latest of these". One study showed that 98% of C. auris samples were resistant to one of the three classes of available drugs and one third are resistant to two. "Since it is an environmental contaminant, the hospital could become a potential source of infection", he says, stressing the need for upgraded hospital labs to identify the strain, trained and alert staff and access to new generation drugs. She called the fungus "worrisome" because it's drug resistant.

The spread, in the face of rising drug resistance, has triggered the CDC to update its guidelines - urging medics to quarantine C auris sufferers.

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