There's been almost 600 cases in 12 states across the USA, with more than 300 of them in NY snd more than 100 in New Jersey.
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. After looking at people in contact with those first 77 cases, the CDC determined that the quick-spreading fungus had infected 45 more.
The Center for Disease Control reports almost half of patients who contract Candida auris die, and the fungi spreads very easily and can take over a hospital room, leading some hospitals to keep the outbreak quiet to avoid public hysteria, according to the report.
After the woman's wound had gotten infected, multiple organisms - including Candida auris, started to grow.
To the surprise of scientists there are four distinct strains of the fungus in the world which appear to have evolved independently. Some 41% of the Spanish hospital patients affected died within 30 days of being diagnosed. People who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such as breathing tubes, feeding tubes and central venous catheters), seem to be at highest risk for C. auris infection.
Hospital leaders and public health officials said the risk of a typical patient being exposed to something like C. auris is low and argued that greater transparency into outbreaks like these could scare people away from seeking healthcare services.
The fungus, called Candida auris, is constantly evolving its defences to survive modern medicines, and has also proven to be deadly.
"The sicker you are, the more of a problem you have with your immune system, the more procedures you have done, then you will be much more prone to get Candida auris", Dr. Louie said.
The fungus, which can be hard to detect, was discovered in 2009 in Japan.
There were 11 isolated cases of Candida auris infections at public hospitals here since 2012 but no outbreak was reported, a Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesman said on Tuesday (April 9) in response to queries.
The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) confirmed yesterday that the three C. auris cases mentioned in the letter were treated in SGH. "It is also critical that healthcare systems are optimized to prevent the spread of Candida auris".
The CDC is alerting US healthcare facilities to be on the lookout for C. auris in their patients. Oliver Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Royal Brompton Hospital, a hospital where C. auris had spread in 2015, said "there was no need to put out a news release during the outbreak".
Part of the reason for the fungus' tenacity is because it is impervious to drug treatments.
While C. auris is resistant to some antifungal drugs, it is susceptible to others that can be used to treat it.
As of March 18, the Department of Health for NY said it had recorded 309 cases of the disease where the patient fell ill while it found an additional 429 cases where people carried the disease on their body but weren't infected.
A study the British government funded projects that if policies are not put in place to slow the rise of drug resistance, 10 million people could die worldwide of all such infections in 2050, eclipsing the eight million expected to die that year from cancer.