ATLANTA, Ga. (FOX 13) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a warning after healthcare services in a number of international locations reported extreme sickness and demise because of a drug-resistant fungus.
It’s a sort of yeast known as Candida auris and has been inflicting extreme sickness in hospitalized sufferers. More than 700 instances, largely in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, have been reported. Growing numbers of instances have been reported in Florida, California, and a handful of different states.
The CDC says the yeast can enter the bloodstream and unfold through the physique, inflicting invasive infections.
The Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) says Candida auris infections have been “associated with up to 40% in-hospital mortality.”
“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. C. auris can spread readily between patients in healthcare facilities. It has caused numerous healthcare-associated outbreaks that have been difficult to control,” the CSTE mentioned.
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The CDC added, “Patients who have been hospitalized in a healthcare facility a long time, have a central venous catheter, or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection with this yeast.”
The CDC is alerting U.S. healthcare services to be looking out for C. auris of their sufferers.
FOX 13 News experiences this story from Tampa, Florida.