While everyone has been concerned over the recent measles outbreak there is another health scare to be concerned about. There’s a new drug-resistant superbug on the rise and the majority of cases are in New York and New Jersey. Candida Auris, or C. auris, is most common in hospitals and nursing homes and is similar in profile to a yeast fungus.
It has been particularly problematic because of its resistance to multiple antifungals, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“And it’s particularly bad for vulnerable people who are immunosuppressed, it can be a very serious infection leading to death,” Fauci said.
“Half of all infected patients die. Any of the outbreaks of these highly resistant drug organisms tend to be shielded in a wall of secrecy. If it’s a cruise ship or a restaurant you’ll hear about an outbreak the next day on the news.” According to Dr. Kevin Kavanagh, board chairman of Health Watch USA.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, New York has reported 300 cases while New Jersey has reported over 100. As a country we have had approximately 600 cases and worldwide there have been 20 countries with cases.
The New York Times reported that Mount Sinai hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. Health officials say the exact risks of C. auris is unclear and disclosing outbreaks can cause unnecessary fear.
NYNJ will keep you posted as more information becomes available.