All you need to know about Candida Auris: Serious threat to global health

Candida auris, the fungus is considered as a severe threat to global health by centers of disease control and prevention in recent years. The US has been reported with 617 cases of Candida auris infection, and other instances have been reported in 20 different countries. The fatal disease is not responding to the treatment, and the infection is spreading in healthcare facilities. The fungus is resistant to anti-fungal drugs, making the procedure more difficult. The infection is spreading through the objects in different healthcare facilities such as the bed and bed sheets and other equipment of the hospital.

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The contamination is first found in the year 2009, in Japan that spreads in healthcare facilities. Then it occurred in the US in the middle of 2015. The C.auris fungal infection is complicated to diagnose and treat. The infection occurred mainly in individuals who are already suffering from chronic diseases or on a critical medical condition. People with lower immunity are the prey of C. auris. The deadly infection is responsible for many deaths in the US according to the report of the center for disease control and prevention.

The total population who have infected by C.auris, 30-60% have died. The remaining others were at increased risk of death. People with healthy immune system have a lower chance of getting the infection, but they should get themselves clean and hygienic to prevent infection. Individuals who are suffering from a specific medical condition or recently had surgery and in the process of recovering or have any chronic diseases are prone to C.auris infection. The healthcare units are recommended to sterilize all the equipment and objects used in their system. The outbreak has affected many countries increasing the risk of death in countries.

On 29th March, More than 90% of cases are reported in the US are from New Jersey, Illinois, and New York. Highest outbreaks are reported from New York that is 309. Various instances of C.auris infections have been reported in 12 countries. The symptoms of the disease are hard to diagnose, and the infection is spread even before it gets diagnosed. The fungus soon gets transmitted even from the skin of the patient, the condition is called colonization. There are more than 1000 patients in more than seven states are colonized, says CDC. The situation is developed even before the appearance of the symptoms in the human body.

The common symptoms of C.auris infection are chills and fever. It doesn’t respond to antibiotics. The infection often affects the ears, wound and the bloodstreams. Specialized lab tests are required to diagnose C.auris infection. According to CDC, the C.auris fungus responds to a kind of antifungal medication called echinocandins, but some of the diseases are resistant to all the medicines increase the risk of death. In the healthcare industries, the patients and workers are advised to wash their hands and keep the surrounding clean to prevent the infection because the disease is mainly spreading in the healthcare units among the patients.

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Huey Freeman, who has recently been serving as executive editor of Arizona Daily Independent, previously worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Central Illinois. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has been an adjunct professor at Millikin University and Eastern Illinois University. An author of two published books, he is working on two books on the southern border. Huey is married, with four adult children.

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