Illinois Is #2 In The Nation In Superbug Infection Cases

Henrietta Strickland
April 13, 2019

An emerging multidrug-resistant fungus called Candida auris (C. auris) is causing healthcare-associated infections around the world, including the United States and IL.

Question: Where did this fungus come from? AS of this writing, the origins of Candida auris remain unknown and the CDC and other health agencies continue to find more potent ways to control it. Cases in the U.S. are linked to other parts of the world after the fungus was inadvertently introduced by a patient who had received healthcare in a country where it was spreading.

Symptoms of C. auris infection may not differ from those of other infections, and they vary depending on the part of the body that is infected. About 95 percent of those outbreaks were found in just three states: NY (309), IL (144) and New Jersey (104).

To make matters worse, C. auris is commonly resistant to one, if not all, of the antifungal medications that are available, making the infection highly hard to treat.

Unfortunately the answer is yes - it's estimated that between 30 and 60% of people who had it have died. Well, it's a type of yeast that can enter a person's bloodstream.

The C. auris infection has been diagnosed in people of all ages, the CDC says, and it can cause infections in a wide range of areas, from wounds to the ears to the bloodstream. Public health officials are conducting surveillance for clinical cases and also screening individuals (swabbing the skin of patients and residents) in health care facilities where clinical cases have been found.

The fungus can spread through either person-to-person contact or from contact with a contaminated object.

Candida auris has caused many outbreaks in healthcare settings.

IDPH and local health departments are working with health care facilities to implement and maintain infection control practices to reduce transmission (cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces and shared equipment, hand hygiene, gloves, gowns, etc.). Nursing homes with adequate staff, nurses and nurse aides are less likely to be stressed and rush, and can spend more time with residents to identify symptoms of infection and address bacteria spreading actions at the onset.

In the same report, the NY Times highlighted the case of an elderly man admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital for abdominal surgery but was later found to be carrying the infection following a blood test. Those who are at the highest risk include folks with a weakened immune system, anyone living in nursing homes, or have feeding tubes, breathing tubes and catheters entering their body. Those people who are in hospitals or are suffering from any kind of illness already have more chances of experiencing this infection.

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