Drug-Resistant Superbug Infects Hundreds in US

Bacteria with special resistance to antibiotics are increasingly found in the US increasing worries that the country will soon see a superbug that cannot be treated with known medications

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The Centers for Disease Control said it "identified 51 clinical case-patients and 61 screening case-patients" in NY alone.

However, early detection of patients infected with C. auris, as well as good infection prevention and control practices, such as meticulous hand hygiene and environmental disinfection, prevent its spread. When it gets into the bloodstream it can be life-threatening.

The first reported case of C. auris occurred in the United States in 2013, when a 61-year-old woman with respiratory failure came to NY from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Times.

The infection resolved in only 27.5% cases while 45% patients who contracted fungal infection died in 30 days. Tests revealed that the fungus was everywhere in the patient's room, and the situation so serious that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to dismantle several ceilings and floor tiles to make it disappear from its surface.

The fungus "candida auris" hit several countries around the world over the last five years and was recently found in New York, New Jersey and IL.

There has been little coverage on this global outbreak, mostly because many hospitals and governments are reluctant to disclose such outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs, The New York Times reported.

The germ is a fungus called Candida Auris and preys on people with weakened immune systems.

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"First, it is readily transmitted in the hospital setting between patients", Nett said. The healthcare industry has argued that publicising an outbreak would scare people unnecessarily - after all, adequate precautions have been taken to prevent the spread.

According to a 2017 report, most cases were spread in hospitals or between family members.

Nobody knows how it came into existence, or how to eradicate it, but Candida auris, or C. auris, is a fungus resistant to multiple drugs, that has been spreading in hospitals and nursing homes worldwide, including in the U.S. "In some outbreaks, reported mortality has approached 60 percent". Most deaths occur within 90 days. 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. "It hadn't impacted our surgical outcomes". The longer you are in hospital the more likely you are to acquire this infection.

We have found specifically that people who are admitted to private sector hospitals are three times at a higher risk of developing a Candida Auris infections because of the current epidemiology and pattern of infection.

Researchers are searching for answers as to how C. auris developed a resistance to anti-fungal medications.

As C. auris is hard to remove from surfaces, it has caused outbreaks in healthcare facilities.

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

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