The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of a deadly fungal infection called Candida auris that is spreading at an alarming rate. The infection is caused by a type of yeast that is resistant to many antifungal medications, making it difficult to treat.
Candida auris is a type of yeast that can cause serious infections in the bloodstream, heart, and other organs. It is most commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes, where it can spread quickly among patients. The infection is particularly dangerous for people with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV/AIDS or cancer.
The CDC estimates that more than 600 cases of Candida auris have been reported in the United States since 2013. The infection has been reported in more than 30 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, India, and South Africa.
The CDC is urging healthcare providers to be vigilant in identifying and treating Candida auris infections. The agency recommends that healthcare providers use the most up-to-date laboratory tests to identify the infection and use the most effective antifungal medications to treat it.
The CDC also recommends that healthcare providers take steps to prevent the spread of Candida auris, such as using gloves and gowns when caring for patients with the infection and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment that may have been contaminated.
Candida auris is a serious and potentially deadly infection that is spreading at an alarming rate. The CDC is urging healthcare providers to be vigilant in identifying and treating the infection and taking steps to prevent its spread.