Skip to comments.Drug-resistant 'Japanese fungus' infecting hospitals across the UK
Posted on 08/15/2017 8:03:48 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Hospitals across the UK have been hit by a drug-resistant Japanese fungus which has so far infected more than 200 patients.
The potentially deadly superbug has spread to at least 55 hospitals and is particularly dangerous for anyone with a weakened immune system.
Most worryingly, the fungus is resistant to the most commonly prescribed fungicidal drug, fluconazole, and the species has the ability to rapidly evolve to develop resistance.
'Candida auris' - which was first identified in the ear of a patient in Japan - is able to live both on the skin and inside the body.
"Large" outbreaks have hit at least three hospitals, with staff carrying out "intensive" disinfection of wards in a bid to tackle the "difficult to control" fungus.
No deaths due to the fungus infection have so far been reported.
Prolonged hospital outbreaks have also affected India, Pakistan, Venezuela, and Colombia since the fungus was first being identified in 2009.
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Mico ping. Heck my vet told me fleas were resistant to the medications I used for our cats. For another 100 dollars they have something that works.
Ahh so. Rittle sranty-eyed fungus...
I didn’t know bacteria was racial.
We have a fungus that has infiltrated all of the US.
It’s called Liberals
Why couldn’t your cat become resistant to fleas instead?
The fungus among us.
Love the headline. Makes it sound as though the problem originated in Japan.
LOTS OF IT.
Link has a map of distribution of US cases.
Read the info from the CBC on origination. That headline is misleading at best.
Not all Japanese fungi are bad....................
[’Candida auris’ ]
CDC. And even the CDC is being PC.
I knew that was what it was going to be!......................
How is it spread?
Or do I don’t want to know?......................
Looks like only certain hospital patients have to worry about it for now. As for how it’s passed, by patients and the staff. It’s hard to eradicate which makes infection control even more important and problematic. FWIW, any more, if folks are having an elective procedure at a hospital, ask ahead of time about nosocomial infections and rates. Then make your decisions accordingly.
........and keep a bottle of Clorox handy..................
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