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Mysterious Super Fungus SPREADS In Two Cities


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An outbreak is happening as we speak…..

This time it’s in Washington D.C. and Dallas Texas.

According to reports, a “superbug” like fungus has been spreading inside one nursing home and hospitals in Washington D.C. and Dallas Texas.

The fungus is reportedly a harmful form of yeast.

Could we be seeing the outbreak of something serious here? Or is this an isolated incident?

Here’s what we know right now:

The Associated Press had more in depth coverage:

“This is really the first time we’ve started seeing clustering of resistance” in which patients seemed to be getting the infections from each other, said the CDC’s Dr. Meghan Lyman.

The fungus, Candida auris, is a harmful form of yeast that is considered dangerous to hospital and nursing home patients with serious medical problems.

It is most deadly when it enters the bloodstream, heart or brain. Outbreaks in health care facilities have been spurred when the fungus spread through patient contact or on contaminated surfaces.

Axios had more:

As detailed in the CDC’s MMWR report Thursday, small, independent clusters of pan-resistant C. auris infections were found from January to April this year: three in D.C. (out of 101 C. auris cases) and two in Texas (out of 22 cases).

“These clusters are the first time where we’re really concerned that it’s spreading,” Lyman says, as none of the patients had been exposed to echinocandin before.

“It’s most likely spread through contaminated health care surfaces, ” she says, which can include anything from beds, to mobile equipment, to shared PPE, to the hands from a health care worker if not properly sanitized.

Plus, not only does the CDC believe C. auris is underreported. But the rising number of known infections overall means there’s a “greater chance of having more resistance pop up,” Lyman says.



 

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