Alert: Superfungus on the Loose

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Health Editor’ Note: Candida auris is a fairly newly recognized fungus that may/or already has become become a global health threat because this fungus is often resistant to many antifungal medications routinely used to treat Candida infections.  Candida auris stumps the usual laboratory methods used for diagnostics and is often misidentified without specific technology which can lead to the wrong treatment, and it rapidly causes outbreaks in healthcare settings such as hospitals and nursing home facilities……Carol

 

8 Brits Dead After Japanese Armpit Superfungus Attack in UK Hospitals

by Sputnik

A type of fungi that lives on human skin and inside the body, Candida auris, could have been passed from patient to patient in British hospitals through underarm thermometers.

The infection spreads very easily — by touch — and causes severe illness in hospitalized patients.

According to government health watchdogs, eight people have died in UK hospitals as a result of the superfungus.

“What seems to make Candida auris somewhat unique is that it spreads so easily from person to person. “Once in the bloodstream, it circulates and multiplies, causing sepsis [blood poisoning]. Yeast cells can also deposit in organs [liver, spleen, brain] causing abscesses, or forming vegetations on heart valves,” a Public Health England (PHE) spokesman said.

study conducted at Oxford University Hospital and published in October 2018 revealed that the hospital outbreak was caused by “reusable axillary temperature probes, indicating that this emerging pathogen can persist in the environment and be transmitted in health care settings.”

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2 COMMENTS

    • Harry, With the ease of use of the thermometers that you use on the forehead I really wonder why anyone would use a regular thermometer. It used to be that each patient had his or her own thermometer, kept at the bedside….I am dating myself with that comment.

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