Because some of the infections are resistant to drugs, health officials in the United States are closely monitoring an emerging fungus called Candida auris (or C. auris). This fungus can lead to severe, even deadly, infections, and is mostly affecting people in hospitals and nursing homes. Read an excerpt from the original story posted on September 12, 2017 below:

“In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned the public about a handful of C. auris cases. But that number swelled to 112 cases as of Aug. 21, the last time the CDC published a C. auris update.

The majority of the Candida auris cases (77) are in New York, and an additional 23 cases are in New Jersey. The fungal infection has also been reported in lower incidence rates in Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oklahoma.”

The full story tells you what you need to know to keep you and your loved ones safe from this fungus: