Health officials are warning of a “serious global health threat” from what they are calling a superbug fungus. The CDC says the fungus known as Candida auris is drug-resistant and can cause serious infections.
The drug-resistant germ thrives in healthcare facilities according to the CDC and can spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. Though the fungus was only just discovered in 2009, it has spread rapidly and caused infections in over 12 countries.
While Candida auris is very rare in the United States, those who get the infection often already are sick, making it difficult to detect the infection. The most common symptoms of the infection are chills and fever that don’t improve after using antibiotics.
Once the fungus enters the bloodstream Candida auris can cause serious medical problems, even death.
The CDC has listed the following to help stop the spread of Candida auris:
- Those who come in contact with someone with C. auris should wash their hands thoroughly after coming or the equipment in their room
- Remind healthcare workers to thoroughly wash their hands