According to a recent article on USA Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about the spread of Candida auris, a fungus that can cause serious infections. The fungus is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, making it difficult to treat. It can also survive on surfaces for weeks or months, increasing the risk of transmission in healthcare settings.Candida auris was first identified in 2009 in Japan and has since been reported in more than 30 countries
In the United States, there have been over 1,000 confirmed cases across 20 states
The CDC is urging healthcare facilities to take steps to prevent the spread of Candida auris, including strict adherence to infection control practices and early detection through laboratory testing.The article notes that while most people who contract Candida auris are already sick with other medical conditions, healthy people can also become infected
Symptoms may include fever and chills that do not improve with antibiotics. If you are concerned about Candida auris or any other infection, it is important to speak with your healthcare provider.