New Super Fungus on the Rise

A drug-resistant super fungus is spreading throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) referred to it as an “emerging global threat.” The fungus has been found in nursing homes and hospitals throughout the U.S., where it affects those who are immunocompromised. This fungus is a type of yeast called Candida Auris and is resistant to antifungal medications.  Those who acquire this infection can be serious danger, and it may even result in death.

Candida Infections May be Deadly

Although other forms of Candida naturally occur in the body, such as in the mouth and gut, this new super fungus spreads elsewhere. A condition called invasive candidiasis leads to the fungus entering the chest where it directly affects the heart and lungs. It can even spread to the kidneys, brain and blood stream, growing out of control due to the lack of medications that can treat it.

It Affects Those with Compromising Health Conditions

Since many of the people in nursing homes and hospitals are already sick, they have conditions that can mask the symptoms of Candida. In some cases, by the time any anti-fungal medications are prescribed, it’s too late. The fungus spreads very quickly, particularly once it reaches the bloodstream.

Other Issues with Candida Auris

In addition to the patients infected with Candida Auris, other issues arise as well. The fungus can spread rapidly throughout hospitals and nursing homes, infecting one patient after another.  Candida Auris doesn’t respond to a host of anti-fungal drugs, and it is very difficult to clean/kill from surfaces. Special equipment is required to see and clean the fungus from the rooms of patients who have been infected. Subsequently, when other patients are placed in a room that previously housed an infected patient, they too may acquire the infection.

Candida Auris is also difficult to distinguish under the microscope. Microbiologists and other lab technicians with many years of experience may mistake it for one of the more common Candida varieties. Misdiagnosis leads to additional problems and even widespread outbreaks.

A Candida Auris infection may lead to death. If your loved one dies in a nursing home or hospital due to this super fungus call me and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

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