Deadly Drug Resistant Superbug Fungus Sickens Hundreds in NY,NJ, and CHI

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a superbug fungus which is drug-resistant had made almost 600 people across the entire United States, with over 300 people in New York.

Candida auris can be deadly, especially to people who have immune systems which are weakened.

According to CBS New York, an elderly man died last year following abdominal surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

The CDC has released a statement saying most United States Candida auris cased have been detected in New York, Chicago, and New Jersey.

The Superbug fungus became known within the United States in 2013. Connecticut’s deputy state epidemiologist, Dr. Lynn Sosa in an interview with the New York Times, that Candida auris is unbeatable and very difficult to identify.

Five hundred eighty-seven cases of the superbug fungus have been documented across the country by Feb. 2019. Three hundred nine cases were in New York State. Illinois has 144 cases, and New Jersey 104.

The CDC said symptoms of the superbug fungus are often difficult to identify. Most of the time patients already are ill when they see a doctor and the only way to identify the superbug fungus ib by a lab test.

Candida auris can cause several types of infections including wound, bloodstream, and ear infection.

The people at highest risk are people who reside in nursing homes, has recent surgery, feeding or breathing tubes, or have a central venous catheter.

The CDC said 30-60 percent of those people who have been diagnosed with the superbug fungus has died.

While antifungal medications can treat Candida auris, the CDV worries that some strains have been resistant to all major classes of antifungal medications. The CDC said if that situation arises, it may take high doses of multiple drugs to treat the superbug fungus.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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