1 case of so called ‘Superbug’ reported in CT

Phillip Cunningham
April 10, 2019

The New York Times, in a front page report on Sunday on C. auris, quoted the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention as saying that almost half of the patients who contract the infection die within 90 days.

The report mentions one case from last May when an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn offshoot of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery in New York City.

"Second, Candida auris exhibits resistance to numerous commonly used drug therapies, which complicates treatment of these infections", she said.

Given the speed at which the inspection spreads, coupled with its resistance to medication, "the prospect of an endemic or epidemic multidrug-resistant yeast in United States healthcare facilities is troubling", the CDC said in October. IL had 144 confirmed cases, primarily in the Chicago area, and New Jersey had 104.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracking map of C. auris in the United States.

According to a report published by Annals Academy of Medicine Singapore in July 2018, the first case of Candida auris was detected in Singapore in 2012 and involved a 52-year-old locally-born Chinese woman.

Unlike other types of yeast infections, Candida auris has been found to have varying degrees of resistance to the three classes of drugs that have traditionally been successful in treating fungal infections.

Candida auris is transmitted in health care settings, spreading person to person or through contact with contaminated surfaces or equipment. It can kill within 90 days.

MOH also said that no outbreak of C. auris infections has been reported to the ministry.

Candida auris (C auris) is a harmful form of yeast, identified by the CDC as a "superbug" fungus.

At the moment Candida Auris is found in nearly 100 hospitals across South Africa so it is a widespread problem. 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.

The New York Times also cited a case that took place in 2015, where Dr Johanna Rhodes, an infectious disease expert, was told by the Royal Brompton Hospital in Britain that Candida auris had taken root there a few months earlier.

Symptoms are 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.

According to the New York Times, in 2015, there was an outbreak at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, which resulted in 72 total cases of C. auris. The infection can become fatal in 30%-60% of patients.

Officials say the fungus is growing more resistant to antifungal medications and can turn deadly. "We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungals".

"It will be important to understand how these technologies can be applied to the control of Candida auris", she said.

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