Dangerous, Drug-resistant Candida Auris Fungus Found In New Jersey

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The fungus then spread across Asia and Europe, and first cases of the fungus appearing in the USA were reported in 2013.

The fungus has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain and has forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the so-called "Superbug" has reached CT.

The spread of the fungus has been called a "serious global health threat" by the CDC.

When an elderly man was found to be infected in the Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn, he died within 90 days.

Nett said that not all standard laboratory diagnostic methods are created to accurately detect Candida auris relatively new species. Since then, it has caused at least 587 illnesses in the U.S. More than 300 of those cases were reported in NY state.

Candida Auris has been found in more than 100 people in New Jersey, with another 22 infections suspected.

Professor Sarah Gurr from the University of Exeter said, "Emerging resistance to antifungal drugs has largely gone under the radar, but without intervention, fungal conditions affecting humans, animals, and plants will become increasingly hard to counteract".

Typically, candida auris affects people with weakened immune systems who are in the hospital or have severe illnesses, according to the CDC.

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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. "As special precautions are needed to prevent the spread of this pathogen, prompt identification is essential".

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's an enormous problem", said Matthew Fisher, a professor of fungal epidemiology at Imperial College London.

'In Illinois, three cases were associated with the same long-term care facility, ' the researchers wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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

Further, in the same study linked above, 98% of the clinical-case patients were resistant to fluconazole, which is used to treat serious fungal infections such as meningitis. The longer you are in hospital the more likely you are to acquire this infection.

"Based on information from a limited number of patients, 30-60% of people with C. auris infections have died", the CDC says.

The New York Times also cited a case that took place in 2015, where Dr Johanna Rhodes, an infectious disease expert, was told by the Royal Brompton Hospital in Britain that Candida auris had taken root there a few months earlier.

In both cases, the infections seemed to be imported from overseas as there were no reports of a Candida auris outbreak from Singapore, the report said.