Mystery Fungal Infection that’s Sweeping the Globe Is Immune to Drugs

A new form of germ has been discovered in a blood test, which is creating havoc all across the globe. In fact, the new germ that has been discovered is not only deadly but also mysterious in nature. Last year in May, an elderly man was admitted to the Brooklyn branch of Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery. Later on, a blood test hinted that the man was infected with the deadly germ, a fungus known as Candida auris. Though he was immediately isolated and was kept in the intensive care unit. After 90 days, the man died in the hospital. But shockingly the germs didn’t.

The germ, a fungus known as Candida auris, attacks people with weakened immune systems. Most importantly, the germ is spreading across the globe like a fire. Over the last five years, it has struck a neonatal unit in Venezuela, even a hospital in Spain has been affected, and compelled a reputed British medical centre to close down its intensive care unit. Latest news report state that the germ, fungus Candida auris has spread across India, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Presently, Candida auris has entered New York, New Jersey and Illinois, causing the federal centres for disease control and prevention to add Candida auris to a list of germs considered as “immediate threats.”

Candida auris is so persevering, in part, because it is impenetrable to major antifungal medications. Simply to put it, fungi, just like bacteria, are developing defences to outlive modern medicines.

The problem is little understood by the public as the very existent of resistant infections is often covered in secrecy. Both with bacteria and fungi, hospitals and local governments are not ready to reveal outbreaks because of the fear of being seen as infection havens. Even the CDC, under its agreement with states, is not granted to make public the location or name of hospitals who are a part of the outbreaks. State governments have in many cases denied to publicly share information beyond admitting that they have had cases.

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