Candida Auris, the deadly fungal infection spreading in USA

Candida Auris, the deadly fungal infection, spreading its influence rapidly in the USA as per US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The WHO (World Health Organization) has flagged fungi as a priority for pathogenic purposes.

Candida Auris – Decoded

The muti-drug-resistant yeast was first discovered in Japan in 2009, and currently, it has been responsible for more than 2300 deaths in the United States alone, in 2022. The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the virus has increased its influence by more than 95% from 2019-2021. It is reported that almost 28 states in the US have confirmed cases of the same infection, prompting CDC and WHO to take urgent corrective measures to control the spread as Candida Auris mortality rate is at an alarming 60%.

Candida Auris
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Candida Auris – Infection symptoms

Researchers are also relatively new as far as the nature of the yeast is concerned and hence they are yet to get familiar with it. However, experts confirm that the Candida Auris attack causes wounds in the bloodstream as well as an ear infection. The traces of infection can also be detected in urine and respiratory samples as well.

The reported interregional spread, as well as regional endemicity in one country, show that Candida auris is in the process of establishing itself as a healthcare-associated pathogen in the EU/EEA, similar to other countries such as the United States,” read the report.

CDC confirms possible causes of the fungi outbreak

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that the possible reason for the outbreak of Candida Auris can be due to the reuse of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that was used extensively during the COVID pandemic.

The antifungal drug, echinocandins are currently being used as the medication for those infected with Candida Auris. However, few of the fungi are currently being found out to be insulated from the drugs in question.

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