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Friday, 19 May 2017 14:55

Deadly Fungus Spreads Through U.S. Healthcare Facilities

Written by  Julie Fidler

The number of cases of Candida auris (C. auris), a dangerous multidrug-resistant fungus, in the U.S. has grown from 7 to 122 over the past 9 months, the CDC says in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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C. auris can cause severe illness and high mortality (60%), especially among patients who are in intensive-care units, those with a central venous catheter, and people who have received antibiotics or antifungal medications. [1] [2]

Sharon Tsay, lead author and an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the CDC, says:

“It seems to affect the sickest of the sick patients, particularly those in hospitals and nursing homes with other medical problems.” [1]

There have been 77 confirmed cases of C. auris in U.S. hospitals. Upon examining the patients’ close contacts, another 45 cases were identified, for a total of 122 U.S. patients with the fungal infection as of May 12. Among the original 77 patients, the patients’ average age was 70, and 55% were men.

Of the 122 total cases, the majority were reported in healthcare facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. Most of the patients were chronically ill and spent long stretches at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. [2]

According to the CDC:

“In Illinois, 3 cases were associated with the same long-term care facility.

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