A life-threatening fungus is on the rise since the early 2010’s and scientists don’t know what to do about it. 1 in 3 people who get the infection taste the dust. This newly found superbug has been around for a decade only and is causing panic. It’s called Candida Auris, an infection which can spread from one person to another.
What Is Candida Auris?
Candida Auris is a deadly fungus that attacks those who have weak immune systems and infiltrates their blood and organs. This fungal infection is contagious and can even survive outside the body for a long time, for more than a month even.
It all started with a 70-year-old Japanese woman who had an inexplainable ear infection one that was challenging to stop. The bewildering infection was a mystery to medical professionals who started their quest of knowing more about it. Today, Candida Auris has already caused many deaths and showed up in several more countries.
Scientists don’t think that Candida Auris, which was found to have four different strains causing outbreaks from 2009 to 2016, is a newly created fungus. In fact, experts think that it has possibly existed for a long time but wasn’t ever as strong as it is now to be able to wreak such havoc.
What Makes This Superbug So Scary?
Candida Auris is typically found in hospitals and care homes and the worst part is that it is difficult to eliminate. This fungus is unlike most other of its kind and can even cause outbreaks so bad that hospitals need to rip out fixtures, tiles, and ceilings to contain it.
Researchers are trying to put together the causes behind its evolution, which may help find treatment options. While there are only 587 reported cases of the infection caused by Candida Auris and it has been noticed in about 30 countries globally, this virus is a cause of concern because of its highly-resistant nature.
While some strains of this fungus are resistant to all anti-fungal measures, others can resist one or two types. This means that a person who already has poor health and gets the Candida Auris infection has a few treatment options only.
Moreover, now that it has been revealed that fungi can evolve around the use of antifungals, should antifungals be used as they already are? Or should their use be limited, particularly in the agriculture department? What’s more worrisome is that this infection is not easy to identify, mostly because it largely affects those who already have another health complication.
The only common signs of the fungal infection are chills and a fever. Symptoms may vary based on which part of the body Candida Auris is infecting. This superbug is an alarming healthcare crisis which needs to be stopped before it causes even more awful lot of damage.
A previously undetected superbug is on the rise and it is too scary to ignore. Candida Auris was first noted in 2009 and since then, it has caused several deaths. The fungal infection is difficult to identify and hard to get rid of, and it can spread as well as live outside the human body. Scientists are diving deeper into this matter to learn more about it and figure out possible treatment options.