Mystery Disease ID'd as 'Urgent Threat' by CDC

Frightening Drug-Resistant Infection Cropping Up Around The World

CDC sounds alarm on resistant superbug fungus after NYC outbreak

More than 700 cases, mostly in Illinois, New Jersey, and NY, have been reported.

In the United Kingdom, an intensive care unit had to shut down after they found 72 people there were infected with candida auris, and in Spain, a hospital found 372 patients had the fungus.

Specifically, the hospital told PIX11 News in a statement, "As a health system, we have been at the forefront of developing infection prevention protocols working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)".

The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe.

Almost half of the patients who are infected with the C. auris die in 90 days.

Prof Tambyah said: "Efforts are being taken by agencies such as the US CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) and the UK's Health Protection Agency and many other global and local professional bodies, including those in Singapore, to detect these infections and make sure they do not spread to vulnerable patients". However, some C. auris infections have been resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications, making them more hard to treat.

This fungus C Auris has also reached other parts of the world like New York, New Jersey and IL, and other regions of Asia.

FOX 13 News reports this story from Tampa, Florida. One of the things that makes it so especially risky is that it's resistant to major anti-fungal medications, according to the Times.

The hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out part of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.

A drug-resistant superbug fungus has sickened almost 600 people across the United States in recent years, including more than 300 patients in New York State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. 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". Recently discovery of resistant fungi in addition to resistant bacteria, compounds the situation and raises the risk level to a new high.

Growing numbers of cases have been reported in Florida, California, and a handful of other states. Nett said that the CDC does not necessarily have to release more information than that.

The CDC says the yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread through the body, causing invasive infections.

Candida auris worries healthcare experts because it can't be contained with existing drug treatments. According to the CDC, 1 in 10 people the agency screened for superbugs carried a drug-resistant disease without knowing it.

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