The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning regarding the rapid spreading of a potentially lethal and drug-resistant fungus in US hospitals.
The disease, known as Candida auris, is causing severe bloodstream infections and fatalities in individuals with weakened immune systems.
CDC issues global health threat as deadly fungus spreading in US hospitals
The number of cases has surged in recent years, according to a report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
There has been a sharp rise of 95% in 2021, from 756 in 2020 to 1,471 cases. According to CDC data, the number of clinical cases reported in 2022 was 2,377 and continues to increase.
As per CDC, Candida auris is a significant global health concern. The agency reports that over one-third of patients with infections of the blood, heart, or brain die from the disease.
The fungus spreads easily in hospitals and nursing homes through person-to-person contact, as well as contact with contaminated surfaces and equipment.
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