A Mysterious Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Is Spreading Worldwide That Has Been Kept Secret Till Now

Even as scientists and medical experts formulate new antibiotics that attempt to target bacteria effectively, it seems that certain type of bacteria and germs are evolving to grow resistant to drugs. Like bacteria, there are many types of dangerous fungal infections that somehow are under control, but every now and then something new crops up baffling the medical fraternity.  What many don’t know, is that a new fungus which emerged five years ago has been slowly and steadily sweeping across the globe enshrouded in mystery because it has no effective cure as yet simply because it is resistant to antibiotics.

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1Candia Auris is spreading faster than usual

Candida Auris as it is called was mysteriously spreading since the last five years but it became more prominent last May when doctors found an elderly man admitted in Mount Sinai hospital Brooklyn infected with it. The man had been admitted for abdominal surgery but a blood test revealed he was infected with a newly discovered germ that was still a mystery to scientists. He was instantly shifted to the intensive care unit.

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2What is C Auris

The germ is a fungus called Candida Auris and it attacks those with a weak immune system. It has been quietly and mysteriously spreading across the globe and is quite vicious. In the last five years it struck at a neonatal unit in Venezuela, infected a hospital in Spain and even a prestigious medical center in Britain was forced to shut its intensive care unit because it couldn’t tackle the rampaging infection. It has now entrenched itself in India, Pakistan and South Africa

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Candida Auris reared its ugly head in New York, New Jersey and Illinois recently. This has lead the CDC to declare it as an urgent threat. As per the CDC (center for disease and prevention) website, it said “Candida Auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. Auris for three main reasons.”

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3The biggest problem in containment is the drug resistant nature if the infection

The reasons cited by the CDC that is a matter for grave concern is that Candida Auris is often multidrug resistant which means it resists common drugs used for treating Candida infections. CA is difficult to identify with the standard laboratory procedures and can also be missed in labs lacking in the required technology. The third reason was that CA has caused a number of outbreaks in healthcare units which is why it has become very dangerous and needs to be identified immediately in any hospitalized patient in order for the healthcare facility to stop its spread.

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4The entire room had to be literally torn apart

The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the ICU but unfortunately, the Candida Auris didn’t. When lab tests were conducted, it was found everywhere in his room and had become so invasive and stubborn that even the ceiling and floor tiles had to be ripped out in an attempt to eliminate the infection. Hospital President Dr. Scott Lorin said

 “Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump,” said Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president. “The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.”

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