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

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

"However, many of these people had other serious illnesses that also increased their risk of death", the CDC said. Recently discovery of resistant fungi in addition to resistant bacteria, compounds the situation and raises the risk level to a new high.

The symptoms are similar to flu-like conditions - fever, aches, and fatigue - and the "superbugs" resistant to medicine are most problematic for people, fatal even, with weak immune systems, particularly newborns, the elderly, and diabetics, according to the report.

According to the Times, an elderly man was sickened by the fungus a year ago at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, after being admitted for abdominal surgery. He died 90 days later, while traces of the fungus were found in every corner of his room.

Most C. auris infections are treatable with a class of antifungal medications called echinocandins. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.

[Image: courtesy of CDC] Globally, more than two dozen countries have reported either single or multiple cases of Candida auris, affecting every continent accept Antarctica.

Per the CDC, a total of 587 cases of C. auris have been reported in the United States as of the end of February, with another 30 probable cases reported.

Note : Nearly half of the patients who contract C Auris die within 90 days, according to a statement from the CDC.

Symptoms of C. auris infection depend on the part of the body affected.

The second case involved a 24-year-old Bangladeshi man who came to Singapore for medical treatment in 2016.

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.

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.

Members of the public remained in the dark until a scientific paper reported that there was "an ongoing outbreak of 50 C. auris cases" in July 2016.

Business Insider has contacted the CDC Institute of Infectious Diseases & Epidemiology and Health Promotion Board for comment.

Another outbreak occurred at a hospital in Spain in 2018.

Almost half of the patients who are infected with the C. auris die in 90 days.

Related Articles