The CDC also reports that it can cause bloodstream and ear infections - not to mention death. Since then, the fungus has spread not just to the U.S., but also numerous other countries, including Colombia, India, and South Korea, according to the CDC.
"As such individuals are typically hospitalised, it is unsurprising that C. auris cases have been found in hospital settings".
What kind of infections does Candida auris cause?
Since then the fungus has spread imperceptibly throughout the world.
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He argued that the increase in Candida auris probably reflects the overuse of antibiotics, and urged doctors and patients to cut back on treating illness with those medications.
"I think the most important aspect for control of Candida auris is that outbreaks are reported to the CDC and that the healthcare centers have up-to-date information to treat patients and contain outbreaks", she said. It spread easily, killed rapidly and preyed upon each healthcare facility's weakest patients.
Most C. auris infections are treatable with a class of antifungal drugs called echinocandins. The CDC says it is spreading fast in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities. In some cases, medical facililaties have been forced to tear out flooring and ceiling tiles as part of their decontamination process.
The spread, in the face of rising drug resistance, has triggered the CDC to update its guidelines - urging medics to quarantine C auris sufferers. However, he adds, "While I see C.auris about once a month, I have seen people dying of multi-drug resistant bacteria daily". Because drug development is a lengthy process, most health officials are concentrating on trying to keep the fungus in check.
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Some C. auris infections have been resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications, making them hard to treat.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in April 2018 that it had approved the first rapid test for C. Auris, with results in under an hour compared to traditional testing which took 24-48 hours. Only a lab test can identify the superbug. Combined, New York and New Jersey account for more than 70% of US cases. The first cases of disease-causing C. Auris were reported from South Korea in 2011.
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 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.
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The first reported case of C. auris occurred in the United States in 2013, when a 61-year-old woman with respiratory failure came to NY from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Times.