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Candida auris: drug-resistant fungus that spreads through some health facilities

NEW YORK – The Center for Disease Control and Prevention claims that a deadly drug-resistant fungus is spreading around health facilities and is "a serious threat to global health".

Candida auris predominates people with weakened immune systems, infecting blood flow. It is difficult to identify with standard technology.

More than 587 cases have been confirmed in the United States, mostly in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, according to the CDC. There are two confirmed cases in California, the CDC said.

The specialist in infectious diseases, Dr. Todd Ellerin, tells ABC News that this fungus is resistant to the typical cleaning agents that the hospital and health facilities often use.

"If we don't change the way we clean the rooms, Candida will be there and could potentially infect the next person who enters the room," said Ellerin.

The CDC states that the early diagnosis of C. auris is essential to contain its spread in health facilities.

People who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes entering their bodies (such as respiratory tubes, feeding tubes, and central venous catheters), appear to be at a higher risk of C. auris infection.

The CDC adds that infections have been found in patients of all ages, from preterm newborns to the elderly.

The rare and deadly fungal disease first appeared in the United States in 2016. It first appeared globally in Japan in 2009, according to the CDC, and has spread to over 20 countries.

For more information on C. auris, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.



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