Auris Is a Deadly Threat Amid Rise of Anti-Bacterials

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A blood test detected the germ, and he died after 90 days in the hospital, but the germ survived.

Two Singaporean medical researchers highlighted the incidents in a letter to a local medical journal last July.

The Centers for Disease Control is sounding the alarm on a life-threatening super-fungus that they've called a global emerging threat. However, if you are admitted in a hospital, you can ask if there have been cases of C. auris there.

The first patient in 2012, a Singaporean woman who was hurt in a road accident in India, recovered.

The American, who had fallen sick in Bangladesh, died following complications. Most recently, doctors at AIIMS Trauma Centre who studied the profile of all patients admitted in the hospital between 2012 and 2017 and contracted fungal infection found Candida auris was responsible for the infection in almost two of every 10 cases (17.5%).

Severe acute respiratory syndrome killed more than 700 patients worldwide, including 33 in Singapore, in 2002.

In regards to finding a way to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections, Nett said research groups are designing new strategies to fight invasive fungal infections, "including novel antifungals and vaccines".

"Hopefully, the same will be true for this fungus".

The first reported case of C. auris occurred in the United States in 2013, when a 61-year-old woman with respiratory failure came to NY from the United Arab Emirates, according to the Times. However, the level of threat to the general public is still unknown.

It's also hard to identify, and can only be diagnosed by specialized laboratories using specific testing methods.

The hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out part of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it. Dr Chand Wattal, chairperson, department of clinic microbiology and immunology at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said mortality rate among those affected by the fungus is very high because it does not respond to most of the available medications.

He said: "This is just one superbug and won't be the last". People who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such as breathing tubes, feeding tubes and central venous catheters), seem to be at highest risk for C. auris infection.

PhD student Sharanya Chatterjee - a member of the team from Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) who studied the isolates of Candida from a private hospital in Bengaluru - says, "Current diagnostic procedures to detect fungal infections can not detect Candida auris, which is resistant to common antifungal treatment". The infection typically spreads within health care settings, often affecting those who are already in precarious health.

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