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CDC declares mystery disease an 'urgent threat'


Posted on Tuesday, 9 April, 2019 | Comment icon 31 comments

The fungus can spread throughout hospitals without anyone realizing. Image Credit: sxc.hu
The deadly fungus 'candida auris' is becoming an increasing concern due to how difficult it is to identify.
Described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as 'multidrug-resistant' and an 'urgent threat', the fungus has been spreading across the world, resulting in several deaths.

One prominent case, which occurred in a Brooklyn hospital last year, saw an elderly man contract the deadly affliction after being admitted for routine abdominal surgery.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff to isolate him, the fungus had already spread all over the room, requiring a thorough and costly cleaning process using specialized equipment.

"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 mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive."

Without an effective anti-fungal treatment, the patient sadly died within 90 days.

The infection is particularly deadly to those with weakened immune systems such as diabetics, smokers, newborn babies and the elderly.

Scientists believe that the widespread use of fungicides on crops may be responsible.

According to one study, if a treatment isn't found, as many as 10 million people could die by 2050.

"It's an enormous problem," said fungal epidemiology expert Prof. Matthew Fisher. "We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungals."

Source: CBN | Comments (31)

Tags: Candida auris

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #22 Posted by Piney on 9 April, 2019, 18:22
They sent a notification to us because we have a Montessori school here. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by and then on 9 April, 2019, 19:40
Hospitals are the worst, most dangerous places imaginable for sick people.  That probably sounds ridiculous but nosocomial infections can kill people who go in for simple procedures.  This fungus is so hardy, I'm not sure how they're going to clean and sterilize patient rooms and all other patient care areas.
Comment icon #24 Posted by kapow53 on 9 April, 2019, 21:30
Just when I thought I wasn't going to die.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Jon the frog on 9 April, 2019, 22:26
Drinking a giant doze of alcohol can disinfect you from the inside, hot rum with honey ! 
Comment icon #26 Posted by Aspro on 9 April, 2019, 23:19
What fungi are you referring to specifically 
Comment icon #27 Posted by Mentalcase2.0 on 10 April, 2019, 9:22
But, you never will!! Transhumanism!!
Comment icon #28 Posted by Aspro on 17 April, 2019, 13:48
How exactly is a yeast infection of the ear suddenly killing people?( auris is Latin for ear ) named in 2009 previously a yeast infection known as THRUSH. Candida is a yeast that requires oxygen or in the absence of oxygen it needs sugars to survive. Hence craving certain foods when there is an in balance within the gut. 
Comment icon #29 Posted by Aspro on 17 April, 2019, 14:18
Candida Albicans used in combination with carbon nanotubes CNT to produce stable electricity conducive bio-nano-composite tissue materials with temperature sensing elements.
Comment icon #30 Posted by aztek on 18 April, 2019, 21:59
maybe there is so much candida it comes out of ears, thus the name, lol
Comment icon #31 Posted by Aspro on 19 April, 2019, 17:32
Sorry I mistakenly thought this was a serious thing being discussed  clearly from the response it is not.


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