Neurotic? Need something new to keep you up at night?
Here come’s Candida auris. Just as we have had the “Mother of All Bombs,” this may be the “mother of all fungal infections.”
- It’s drug-resistant.
- It can exist on surfaces in hospitals, clinics and doctors offices.
- It can spread between patients without direct contact.
- Specialized laboratory methods are needed to accurately identify C. auris. Conventional lab techniques could lead to misidentification and inappropriate treatment, making it difficult to control the spread of C. auris in healthcare settings. (2)
The disease is just emerging globally. The hot spots in the US are New York and New Jersey, probably related to international travel. However, once here, it’s here, and cases have been identified in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Massachusetts.
Right now it’s minor, but it becomes another reason to avoid hospitals unless you really need to be there.
And you thought yeast infections were nasty.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Candida auris.” https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/candida-auris.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Candida auris — questions and answers.” https://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/candida-auris-qanda.html