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The deadly fungus found in South African hospitals

The deadly fungus found in South African hospitals

The largest number of cases have been reported in NY with 309 of 587 US cases as of February 28, 2019. The fungus, which can be hard to detect, was discovered in 2009 in Japan.

Specifically, the hospital told PIX11 News in a statement, "As a health system, we have been at the forefront of developing infection prevention protocols working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)".

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

The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not.

After the woman's wound had gotten infected, multiple organisms - including Candida auris, started to grow. Since then, it has caused at least 587 illnesses in the U.S. More than 300 of those cases were reported in NY state. While the study did not point out data on deaths caused by Candida auris then, it noted the potential crisis posed by emergence of multi-drug resistant Candida Auris in the majority of ICUs.

The rise of C. auris has been kept confidential by hospitals and even governments, partly because it is so new, and also because of the fear of being seen as infection hubs. As you can see from the map below, New York, New Jersey, and IL have seen the most cases by far-with more than 550 cases between them.

The germ is a fungus called Candida Auris and preys on people with weakened immune systems. The journal Mycoses reported that 41 of the patients who were infected died within 30 days. "As special precautions are needed to prevent the spread of this pathogen, prompt identification is essential". "In some outbreaks, reported mortality has approached 60 percent".

But hospitals are not obliged to inform patients if they have the infection, which is most commonly contracted in hospitals, according to an alarming new feature by the New York Times. "It hadn't impacted our surgical outcomes".

So far, there have been 617 cases in 12 states.

Infections like C. auris have been able to thrive due to the overuse of antibiotics, the Times reported. The longer you are in hospital the more likely you are to acquire this infection. "I don't know that releasing information for specific centers would be necessary to accomplish that goal".

Candida auris worries healthcare experts because it can't be contained with existing drug treatments.

In regards to finding a way to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections, Nett said research groups are designing new strategies to fight invasive fungal infections, "including novel antifungals and vaccines".

MOH spokesman said: "Healthcare institutions in Singapore have infection prevention and control measures in place to prevent and control any healthcare-associated infections, including C. auris".


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