A new fungus has been identified as a serious health threat by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The discovery has led to several debates among the medical community as more patients are found in the US.
The fungus is called Candida auris, and it was discovered in 2016. The first cases appeared after a short while when the signs of infection were spotted in the US. According to official statistics provided by the CDC, the number of cases recorded in the US has reached 617, with most of them being located in areas like New York, Chicago, and New Jersey.
The spread of the fungus has been encouraged by a variety of factors. In comparison to other species of Candida, this particular fungus is more prone to transmission from person to person. It is also more resistant on surfaces, and it can survive routine cleaning procedures, making hospitals and other medical environments an ideal ground for further spread.
Candida auris is the new superbug that spread around the Earth
A well-known researcher has stated that medical centers need to change their cleaning strategy if they wish to mitigate the growing rate of infections. Another issue is posed by the fact that Candida auris is particularly resilient against most of the antifungal medications which are currently available on the market, a trait which renders it very difficult to treat. Such a degree of resilience hasn’t been observed in other Candida species, and some researchers think that it may be linked to the current use of antifungal medication.
There is also the fact that some lab tests will not identify the superbug as the source of an illness, which means that some patients will receive the wrong treatment, increasing the duration of the infection and the chance to transmit the fungus to another person.
Data from the CDC notes patients who spent a long period in a hospital, use a central venous or catheter or other invasive tubes have a higher risk of contracting the superbug.
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