CDC Says NJ Has Third-Most Hospitalizations with Drug-Resistant Fungus

Candida Auris

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

According to the CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention), symptoms may not be noticeable.

Almost 600 cases of a deadly multi-drug resistant fungus have been confirmed throughout the country and health officials are warning the public to protect themselves from this infectious disease. "However, many of these people had other serious illnesses that also increased their risk of death", the CDC said. The yeast, according to that alert, was first discovered in 2009 from the ear discharge of a patient in Japan, though a retrospective study of old medical samples found one infection dating back to 1996 in South Korea.

"Most strains of C. auris are resistant to at least one antifungal drug, one-third are resistant to two antifungal drug classes, and some strains are resistant to all three major classes of antifungal drugs".

Here's what you need to know about the Candida auris.

To the surprise of scientists there are four distinct strains of the fungus in the world which appear to have evolved independently. "More than 1 in 3 patients with invasive C. auris infection (for example, an infection that affects the blood, heart, or brain) die".

Candida auris is the multi-drug resistant fungus that has public-health authorities across the world very anxious.

FOX 13 News reports this story from Tampa, Florida. Resistant germs called "superbugs" have been known to be most deadly to people with weak immune systems such as newborns, elderly, smokers, diabetics and people with autoimmune disorders who utilize steroids that limit their body's defenses.

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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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking map of C. auris in the United States.

Candida auris has now been found in 12 states, with a total of almost 600 cases, according to the latest data from the CDC, which warns that it is "a serious global health threat".

Health experts have growing concerns that Candida auris has the ability to spread rapidly.

While C. auris is resistant to some antifungal drugs, it is susceptible to others that can be used to treat it.

Healthcare institutions here have measures in place to prevent and control healthcare-related infections, including C. auris, and are required to report any outbreaks, but no outbreak was reported, the spokesman said.

"As a society, we are using too many antibiotics and we are getting all these bacteria and fungi that are becoming resistant", he said. NY has had 309 confirmed cases, New Jersey has had 104 and IL had had 144.

The fungus can be treated with specific anti-fungal drugs that it is susceptible to, MOH said.

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