Candida auris, a new “superbug” fungus threating with deadly infections in many countries

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“This is an emerging threat, and we need to protect vulnerable patients and others,” the CDC’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said in a statement.Candida auris was first identified in Japan in 2009 and later was found in a dozen countries on four continents. In the U.S., occurred in New York, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey in 2013 (one case), 2015 (one case), and this year (five cases). All seven of the patients had been hospitalized for cancer, respiratory failure, or other serious condition. Even Echinocandins, a newer class of antifungals, was not efficient. All of the US cases seem to have been contracted domestically. At this time, researchers are working to understand this fungus ans and how it spreads. They found C. auris in the mattress, bedside table, bed rail, chair, and windowsill of one of the patients. A conclusion was that this fungus could be spread in healthcare settings and a warning was issued.

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