Health systems in the United States are on alert for the appearance of a fungus called Candida aurisas it spreads quickly and is life-threatening because it is highly resistant to most antifungal drugs.
If you are a healthy person, this strange fungus is unlikely to attack you, as it usually affects people with weakened immune systems or who have received high doses of antibiotics in the last few days. Additionally, people who spend or spend a lot of time in medical facilities are at higher risk.
According to Dr. Julie Trivedi, medical director of infection prevention at UT Southwestern Medical Center, for the media up to date dallasthe Candida auris is a type of yeast that can enter the bloodstream and belongs to the order of fungi that encompasses a diverse group of microorganisms.
The ‘Candida’ itself is found in the intestinal tract and can cause yeast infections, especially in cases where the person may have taken antibiotics.
But according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this emerging fungus may pose a serious threat to global health because the Candida auris it is very resistant to the most common antifungals used to treat this type of infection.
In addition, this disease is very difficult to detect and can progress without the patient receiving an accurate diagnosis on time. In fact, it is spreading rapidly in hospitals and nursing homes. Its contagion is through continuous contact with patients, contaminated surfaces or equipment.
In 2019, the health departments of the United States reported around 500 clinical cases of infections by Candida aurisThe alarming thing is that by 2021 there was a clear increase, since 1,474 cases were reported. According to information from the magazine Expansionthe fungus is already found in half of the 50 states of the North American country, concentrating in California and Nevada.
In 2022, the government agency reported 2,377 cases nationwide of Candida auris. A patient who has been infected with this fungus may present as the most common symptoms a fever above 38° and chills, which will not improve after taking antibiotics.