Further, in the same study linked above, 98% of the clinical-case patients were resistant to fluconazole, which is used to treat serious fungal infections such as meningitis.
Across the world, a new, drug-resistant infection has appeared.
The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe.
An article published in the New York Times claimed the deadly fungus has recently reached New York, New Jersey and IL, prompting the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to add it to the list of risky and violent bacteria. He died 90 days later, while traces of the fungus were found in every corner of his room.
Healthy people with immune systems in top shape are believed to be in very low risk of getting an infection, according to Forbes.More news: Windows Is Giving Up on Getting You to 'Safely Remove' USB Drives
Infections like C. auris have been able to thrive due to the overuse of antibiotics, the Times reported.
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.
In the USA, patients in IL and New Jersey have also been reported, as well as others in NY.
The hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it as everything in the room was positive.
The Brooklyn patient died 90 days after being admitted to hospital, but the Candida Auris did not disappear. The first involved a 24-year-old Bangladeshi male who flew to Singapore to seek medical treatment, while the second involved a 69-year-old USA male citizen who was suffering from a lung disease.More news: Trump mocks Democrat Omar, says ‘I forgot she doesn’t like Israel’
In the letter, the experts warned: "This highlights the need for a screening policy for C. auris in patients transferred from overseas hospitals, especially from countries reported to have this yeast in order to prevent its establishment and spread within the institution".
There has been little coverage on this global outbreak, mostly because many hospitals and governments are reluctant to disclose such outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs, The New York Times reported. IL had 144 confirmed cases and New Jersey had 104.
As C. auris is hard to remove from surfaces, it has caused outbreaks in healthcare facilities.
Business Insider has contacted the CDC Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology and Health Promotion Board for comment.
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