Superbug Fungus Sickens More Than 300 In New York State

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Further, in the same study linked above, 98% of the clinical-case patients were resistant to fluconazole, which is used to treat serious fungal infections such as meningitis.

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

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

The CDC recently added the Candida Auris fungus to a list of now-three "urgent" antibiotic-resistant threats after an investigation into outbreaks at New York City hospitals.

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 USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Candida Auris is considered to be particularly problematic because it is resistant to antifungal drugs now available.

The hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it as everything in the room was positive.

Candida auris cases have been reported across the world since it first turned up in Japan in 2009. What makes his case so frightening is that after his death, doctors tested his room and discovered the fungus was everywhere.

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India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Kenya and list goes on with at least 587 cases reported from US alone, 309 cases in NY, 104 in New Jersey and 144 in IL, according to the CDC.

Note : Nearly half of the patients who contract C Auris die within 90 days, according to a statement from the CDC.

The third case involved an American man who was touring Bangladesh in late 2016.

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.

The New York Times also cited a case that took place in 2015, where Dr Johanna Rhodes, an infectious disease expert, was told by the Royal Brompton Hospital in Britain that Candida auris had taken root there a few months earlier. Finally, it has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings.

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

Now hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs.

Almost half of the patients who are infected with the C. auris die in 90 days.