US Hospital is Dealing With an Outbreak of Rare Superbug Fungus – “A Serious Global Health Threat”

US Hospital is Dealing With an Outbreak of Rare Superbug Fungus – “A Serious Global Health Threat”
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that superbugs, meaning strains of bacteria, infect over 2 million people nationwide every year, killing at least 23,000 individuals. It’s nothing too surprising when you consider the fact that superbugs are known for their resistance against some types of antibiotics.

The Hill writes that an outbreak of the rare superbug fungus Candida auris is taking place at a hospital in the American state of Oregon. Three people needed hospitalization. The fungus follows the same usual recipe of superbugs, as it’s resistant to drugs. But it’s also difficult to detect.

Over 1,100 clinical cases of Candida auris in the US

In states from New York to California, the CDC has reported 1,156 clinical cases of Candida auris. There’s no wonder why the Government agency considers the fungus as being “a serious global health threat”. The infection can cause fever, chills, and more. To make things worse, it can even spread from person to person after the simple act of touching one another. The superbug is not new in the USA at all, but still, there is some hope that things will become better.

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Rebecca Pierce, who is the manager for the health department of the Healthcare-Associated Infections Program in Oregon, declared as quoted by The Hill:

Fortunately, the organism we’re dealing with in this outbreak appears to respond to existing treatments,

Nonetheless, it’s critical that we prevent the spread of the infection.

Here’s some other terrifying statements that the CDC says about the superbug:

It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections. Some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals.

Hopefully, the medical world will soon find other ways of tackling such superbugs.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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