A deadly fungal infection, Candida Auris
, or C. Auris,
is spreading rapidly in medical facilities across the United States, which can cause severe illness in people with weakened immune systems.
This was reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), writes The Washington Post.
The CDC emphasized that the fungus is a serious global health threat.
According to the researchers, the number of patients diagnosed with the fungus, as well as the number of those who, according to screening results, are its carriers, is growing at an "alarming rate."
A new study found that C. auris is now present in more than half of the US states.
Doctors are worried about the increase in the number of samples of fungi resistant to conventional methods of treatment.
"The new results cause concern. This is an infection that occurs in extremely sick people," noted epidemiologist and infectious disease expert Walid Javid.
Yes, the state of Mississippi is dealing with an outbreak of this fungus.
Since November 2022, at least 12 people have been infected with C. Auris, of which four people have died.
Candida is a family of yeasts that can be found on the skin and inside the body.
The fungus usually lives in areas such as the mouth, throat, intestines and vagina.
It does not pose a threat to healthy people, but about a third of patients with C. Auris die.
The main problem is to prevent the spread of the fungus among patients in the intensive care units of hospitals.
Although the fungus was first identified in 2009 in Asia, scientists determined that C. auris first appeared in the world about ten years earlier, when it was mistakenly identified as another fungus.
The most common symptoms of C. auris are fever and chills, which do not improve with antibiotic treatment.
It is also known that the infection is easily transmitted from person to person, especially in hospitals, among the medically vulnerable.
It can also spread through contact with infected surfaces and linger on objects, including hospital equipment such as bed rails, chairs and window sills.
The infection can also be resistant to certain cleaning products, making it difficult to eradicate the fungus from hospital rooms.
People can also carry the infection without symptoms, spreading it to other people who may be more at risk of the disease, such as people in long-term care facilities, including nursing home patients on ventilators who have diabetes and cancer patients.
Nevada, California, Florida, New York, Illinois and Texas have reported the most cases in the US in the past 12 months.
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