Deadly Drug Resistant Fungus Has Spread To Illinois

Deadly Drug Resistant Fungus Has Spread To Illinois

Almost 600 cases of a deadly multi-drug resistant fungus have been confirmed throughout the country and health officials are warning the public to protect themselves from this infectious disease.

The fungus mostly affects people who have existing illnesses, and may already be hospitalized with compromised immune systems, health officials said. Recently the CDC has categorized it as an "urgent threat" since it was reached New York, New Jersey and IL.

"Candida auris is a fungus that is causing serious infections in patients in the United States and around the world, primarily in healthcare settings, particularly post-acute and long-term care facilities and especially long-term acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that take care of patients on ventilators", Kirgan said.

"Infections have been found in patients of all ages, from preterm infants to the elderly", the CDC said. It's profile was raised by a front-page story in The New York Times on Sunday describing its growing presence in overseas hospitals and, increasingly, in the U.S. The patients' rooms were thoroughly disinfected to remove the fungus.

"They obviously didn't want to lose reputation", Dr. Schelenz said in the report.

"Importantly for the public in New Zealand, this is not on the list of notifiable infectious diseases here". "We have to figure out which disinfectant procedures may be best to try to eradicate the infection, so at this point, I don't think we have good enough information to advise".

The CDC said symptoms of C. auris are hard to identify as it is often spread in medical facilities where people are already suffering from other illnesses. The fungus in some cases can be fatal, the CDC also reported.

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"We were able to treat most infections with a new class of antifungal drugs called Echinocandins, unlike some bacterial infections that make nearly all known drugs redundant", he said.

Despite timely isolation in the intensive care unit, the patient died after three months in the hospital. This degree of resistance has never been seen in other Candida species, and might have something to do with our current usage of antifungal medications, the CDC says.

"It's not something that one should be hysterical about, but one should be concerned", he said.

Many of these patients had other serious illnesses which likely contributed to the deaths, she said. To make things worse, this fungus is resistant to standard cleaning methods that hospitals use. "Candida auris is just the latest of these".

The fungus can be resistant to drug treatment and risky to older and sick patients who have had invasive medical procedures.

Jon Hurdle is an environmental writer based in Philadelphia.

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