A deadly new infection is causing a lot of concern among health officials. Now, reports are coming in that say the infection is quietly spreading around the nation.
"The germ, a fungus called Candida auris, preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe. Over the past five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical center to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa," reported the Houston Chronicle.
The infection recently was found in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. Now, the CDC is adding it to a list of germs that they are classifying as "urgent threats" to citizens.
The disease was first discovered in New York after a man came to the hospital and ultimately died from the infection. It was then that doctors found out how easily it can spread and how hard it is to get rid of it.
“Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump,” said Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president. “The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.”
C. auris is said to be strong enough to withstand normal antifungal medications. It is one of the world's newest drug-resistant infections.
"Antibiotics and antifungals are both essential to combat infections in people, but antibiotics are also used widely to prevent disease in farm animals, and antifungals are also applied to prevent agricultural plants from rotting. Some scientists cite evidence that rampant use of fungicides on crops is contributing to the surge in drug-resistant fungi infecting humans," according to reports.
Please join us in praying for an end to this terrible new infection. We pray that technology finds a way to fight these germs!
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