Its about hospital-acquired fungus denominated White ears. According to specialists, contagion, especially among patients with weakened immune systems, increased from 44% in 2019 to 95% in 2021.
Candida auris causes a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection. According to a new study published Monday in the specialized journal Annals of Internal Medicine this disease is spreading most rapidly in healthcare facilities in the United States.
It is a fungal species that can infect humans and spread through the blood to major organs. The infection occurs more frequently in hospitals, and in people who are immunosuppressed or who regularly receive invasive treatments for other diseases. For these people an infection can often be fatal.
Two cases of infection by the superfungus ‘Candida auris’ were detected in Buenos Aires
Serious threat to global health
The first C. auris infection was documented in Japan in 2009, and since then the fungus has been reported in many other countries, including the United States, which had its first confirmed case in 2016. In 2019, the number of cases began to increase significantly around the world, and even today “represents a serious threat to global health,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).
Data from the study showed an increase in the percentage growth of Candida auris infections, from 44% in 2019 to 95% in 2021. For the researchers, who work for the CDC, the increase may be related to the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has produced in the health system, such as the shortage of toilets or the use of more antimicrobial drugs.
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Almost half of those infected die in 90 days
The organism can cause invasive candidiasis in which the bloodstream, central nervous system, and internal organs are infected. The most common symptoms are fever and chills that persist after antibiotic treatment, it revealed. DW.
In North America, almost half of the patients who contract Candida auris die within 90 days, although the researchers stress that this does not mean that the infection is the main cause. Some people are just carriers of the fungus: they don’t get sick, but they can spread the germs.
An infection can only be diagnosed with a laboratory test. It can be spread from person to person or through contact with objects or equipment.
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