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Health Alert: Resistant ‘superbug’ outbreak, India among infected countries

Health Alert: Resistant ‘superbug’ outbreak, India among infected countries”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, 90 per cent of Candida auris infections are resistant to at least one such antifungal drug, while 30 per cent are resistant to two or more major drugs. Since then, it has caused at least 587 illnesses in the U.S. More than 300 of those cases were reported in NY state.

Candida auris has now been found in 12 states, with a total of almost 600 cases, according to the latest data from the CDC, which warns that it is "a serious global health threat".

"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. As you can see from the map below, New York, New Jersey, and IL have seen the most cases by far-with more than 550 cases between them. What makes his case so frightening is that after his death, doctors tested his room and discovered the fungus was everywhere.

While most Candida auris infections are treatable with antifungal medications, health officials say they're concerned that some have proven to be resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications.

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Individuals with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of the C. auris.

The CDC also reported that the median age for the clinical case-patients was 72, but that the ages of those infected ranged from 21 to 96 years.

Here's what you need to know about the Candida auris.

When an elderly man was found to be infected in the Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn, he died within 90 days.

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Naturally, those most at risk of these "superbugs" are newborns and the elderly, who generally have weaker immune systems. People who have been in nursing homes and who have been placed on catheters, feeding tubes or other lines into the body seem to be especially prone to infection.

Map showing the prevalence of Candida auris spread worldwide.

According to the CDC, symptoms of Candida auris may be hard to detect because patients are often already sick. Fever and chills that don't go away following drug treatment are common candida auris symptoms, but the only way to diagnose the fungus is through a lab test.

Business Insider has contacted the CDC Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology and Health Promotion Board for comment.

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Royal Brompton Hospital alerted the British government and infected patients when the fungus could not be removed, but made no public announcement to warn the public about the outbreak, The New York Times said. Results of the study published in 2014 in Intensive Care Medicine, a medical journal, show 6.51% patients admitted during the study period - April 2011 to September 2012 - suffered from fungal infection. "In several patients, by the time we had made the correct diagnosis, it was too late". Finally, it has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings.



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