Friday, 26 April, 2019

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

New York has highest number of antibiotic resistant fungus cases Frightening Drug-Resistant Infection Cropping Up Around The World
Anna Jefferson | 09 April, 2019, 02:53

Candida Auris is considered to be particularly problematic because it is resistant to antifungal drugs now available.

What makes the infection even more alarming is that the fungus persists on surfaces and has been documented spreading from person to person within hospitals and clinics. People who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such as breathing tubes, feeding tubes and central venous catheters), seem to be at highest risk for C. auris infection.

Dr. Lynn Sosa, an expert on epidemiology, said she sees Candida Auris as the most serious and significant threat among drug-resistant infections: "It's invincible and hard to diagnose", said Dr. Sosa, who says almost half of patients who die, may die within 90 days.

Most of the cases were reported in New York, New Jersey and IL.

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

Since then, 587 cases of Candida auris have been reported in the United States, the centre said, citing the CDC.

It was first detected in 2009 in Japan and is now in more than a dozen countries.

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Although there are three different anti-fungal drug classes, most known strains are resistant to at least one drug, one-third are resistant to two drugs, and a number of strains resistant to three drugs. The journal Mycoses reported that 41 of the patients who were infected died within 30 days.

After the woman's wound had gotten infected, multiple organisms - including Candida auris, started to grow.

Most fungal and bacterial infections can be stopped using drugs. According to the authors, the patient was discharged four months later with her "wounds healing well".

- Federal health authorities are warning about an emerging fungu that presents a serious global health threat and is showing up in NY and New Jersey.

Jeniel Nett, MD, PhD, and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine, tells Salon Candida auris has emerged as a public health threat for many reasons.

In both cases, the infections seemed to be imported from overseas as there were no reports of a Candida auris outbreak from Singapore, the report said. Finally, it has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings.

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. "As special precautions are needed to prevent the spread of this pathogen, prompt identification is essential".

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