A deadly drug resistant fungus threatens the world

Bacteria with special resistance to antibiotics are increasingly found in the US increasing worries that the country will soon see a superbug that cannot be treated with known medications

Bacteria with special resistance to antibiotics are increasingly found in the US increasing worries that the country will soon see a superbug that cannot be treated with known medications

Worldwide cases of an infection known as Candida auris have become an "urgent threat", unveiling the dangers of drug-resistant germs for both bacteria and fungi from a cloud of secrecy over fear of public hysteria, The New York Times reported.

People with weak immune system are falling prey to this quietly spreading fungal infection across the globe which as of now has no permanent treatment according to Doctors.

Candida Auris is considered to be particularly problematic because it is resistant to antifungal drugs now available.

As of February 28, there were 587 confirmed cases across the country, a lot of them in New York State, where there were 309 cases.

According to a report published in 2016 by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, scientists first discovered the fungus in a patient who had an ear infection in Japan in the year 2009. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. In the US, patients in IL and New Jersey have also been reported, as well as others in NY.

Note : Nearly half of the patients who contract C Auris die within 90 days, according to a statement from the CDC.

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The first case in Singapore was detected in a 52-year-old Singapore-born woman who suffered several limb fractures following a traffic accident in India in 2012.

In 2018, two medical experts, Dr Tan Yen Ee and Associate Professor Tan Ai Ling jointly penned a letter to the editor of Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, a local medical journal. She was discharged four months later with the wounds healing well.

The third case involved an American man who was touring Bangladesh in late 2016.

This fungus C Auris has also reached other parts of the world like New York, New Jersey and IL, and other regions of Asia.

Royal Brompton Hospital alerted the British government and infected patients when the fungus could not be removed, but made no public announcement to warn the public about the outbreak, The New York Times said.

The New Paper has contacted the Ministry of Health and relevant experts for comment.

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