“At least 20 NHS Trust hospitals have been hit by a drug-resistant fungus, Candida auris. So far, 200 people have been contaminated or infected with the fungus, which can cause potentially deadly complications” reports The Conversation, in an shocking article from August 18, 2017, detailing a new outbreak of Candida Auris.
“The fungus, which is able to live on the skin or inside the body, was first discovered in Japan in 2009. Since then it has been found in at least 15 countries, including the UK, where the first case was identified in 2013.”
They go on to state, “Compared with many other fungi, the emergence of this pathogen is occurring at a surprising pace. C. auris was first documented after it was found in the ear of a patient in a hospital in Tokyo in 2009. However, recent global outbreaks, mostly since 2013, appear to stem from few a few places, suggesting that the fungus is either a rapidly spreading novel pathogen or is being driven by changes in clinical conditions. Although there is good evidence for the rapid spread of fungal diseases of animals and plants, there is virtually no precedence for a rapidly spreading fungal disease of humans.”
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Fungal disease spreads through UK hospitals – here’s what you need to know about Candida auris