Over 400 cases of drug-resistant superbug in NY, NJ

Over 400 cases of drug-resistant superbug in NY, NJ

The big problem is that infections are extremely hard to treat, because it's resistant to most anti-fungal drugs.

Per the CDC, a total of 587 cases of C. auris have been reported in the United States as of the end of February, with another 30 probable cases reported.

Professor Nelesh Govender from The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the first case was detected in South Africa as far back 2009.

Chiller: Yes. We're able to see its spread once it sets up shop in a unit or a ward or a skilled nursing facility.

Most recently, doctors at AIIMS Trauma Centre who studied the profile of all patients admitted in the hospital between 2012 and 2017 and contracted fungal infection found Candida auris was responsible for the infection in almost two of every 10 cases (17.5%).

Most of the clinical cases have been found in New York, Illinois and New Jersey - with 309, 144 and 104 confirmed cases, respectively.

The symptoms are similar to flu-like conditions - fever, aches, and fatigue - and the "superbugs" resistant to medicine are most problematic for people, fatal even, with weak immune systems, particularly newborns, the elderly, and diabetics, according to the report.

Cases in the United States are a result of inadvertent introduction from a patient who recently was treated in a country where C. auris has been reported.

The Candida Auris attacks patients with a weakened immune system.

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Most C. auris infections are treatable with a class of antifungal drugs called echinocandins. It is raising concerns because of its impact to patients who are already sick in hospitals and long term care facilities. The health department stated that 1 in 3 people die from this infection.

The fungal germs can cause blood infections, and in more than one-third of patients with serious cases, death.

The patients Dr. Susan Bleasdale has seen in IL, for example, are chronically ill people who acquired the fungus in long-term care facilities, where they receive a number of other medical treatments.

According to the CDC, it is "multidrug-resistant" and called a "mystery" because it is hard to identify with standard lab tests.

At the moment Candida Auris is found in nearly 100 hospitals across South Africa so it is a widespread problem.

Doctors and researchers are still unsure what causes drug-resistant diseases, but they do know there are different strains of candida auris in different parts of the world, causing them to believe the fungus didn't come from a single place, The New York Times reported.

About 60 percent of those who've been infected with C auris have died, the CDC said. She called the fungus "worrisome" because it's drug resistant.

Two of the three kinds of commonly used antifungal drugs have had little effect in treatment.

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

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