In the last 7 years, 13 people have caught this fatal yeast that is resistant to drugs. From those 13 people 4 of them died. This was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This fatal yeast is named Candida auris and the few drugs that are available for fungal infections can’t treat it.
Scientists are studying this fatal yeast in order to see what drug treats it. They need to make some tests to provide a new drug that can treat this fungal infection before others die. They also need to know how it spreads so that they can warn people about it.
This fungus affects people who are already ill because they have a more sensitive body and it can cause them bloodstream infections and wounds. This type of fungus is similar to Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, and MRSA. All of these bacteria spread really quickly and cause infections that affect the immune system. The biggest problem is that this fatal yeast doesn’t respond to any type of treatment.
This is the first time that specialists have dealt with a fungus that doesn’t respond to treatment. The first person that got this was from Japan and then the fungus spread really quickly to South Africa, India, and the US. This happened in 2009.
This fungus also affected people from Europe. In London for instance, there have been 50 cases of fatal yeast and they lasted more than 1 year. In all of the countries affected more than 60% died from this yeast infection.
In the US there are now 13 cases of yeast infections and 4 of those affected died this month. The people who were infected with this fungus were from different states like New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois , and New York. These cases are not related and those 13 people who were affected did not have contact to one another.
The only thing that can link these people together is the fact that four of them (one from Maryland, one from New Jersey and 2 from Illinois) have attended the same health care center at different times.
This fatal yeast is really uncommon because it spread a lot faster and it doesn’t act like any other type of yeast infection that doctors and patients are used to. Let’s hope that doctors find a cure for it and that this happens before anybody else dies.
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