Cultocracy note :
The fungal strain candida auris was first isolated in 2009 from a hospital patient in Japan . The patient had an ear infection , hence the name ‘auris’ which is Latin for ear . Although the fungus has alarmed medical professionals , what makes this particular strain stand out from other fungal strains may well point to a bigger picture :
- The strain is resistant to multiple drugs used on other fungal infections .
- The strain can only be identified using mass spectrometry or DNA analysis .
- In normal medical testing it often mimics other less harmful forms of fungus .
Infections have been reported in countries across all of the continents of the world . Countries include the UK , India , Israel , Colombia , South Africa & the US .
The candida fungus can cause a wide range of infections , in extreme cases it can lead to sepsis by infecting the blood , this allows the organism to further infect other bodily organs . The number of hospital patients treated for sepsis has been steadily increasing and has reached record levels in the UK . If not treated promptly it can be fatal .
It is thought that around 30-50% of people contracting candida auris have subsequently died , although the figures are estimated as many have been medical patients with other issues . Although the statistical figures are low , infections with candida auris are probably far more prevalent than documented .
It is not known how the strain originated .
Outbreaks seem to be a common occurrence these days and form a small piece of the ever constant ‘death & destruction’ programming . New organisms can evolve faster than normal in a modern environment , it should be noted that they can evolve even faster in a lab .
Deadly Drug Resistant Fungal Infection Outbreak Causing Concern In U.S.
A highly drug-resistant deadly fungal infection, first warned against by U.S. health officials last summer, has been cropping up in hospitals around the country. Over 30 patients have been diagnosed with the emerging pathogen Candida auris since that time, with 28 of the 35 documented U.S. cases located in New York state., according to the CDC.
It is difficult to know just how dangerous the fungus is, since thus far it has mostly infected patients who were already seriously ill, but the majority of people diagnosed with Candida auris have died.
First reported in 2009, the fungus has been linked to invasive infections in nine countries, including the United States. It has caused at least two hospital outbreaks involving more than 30 patients each.
In a recent study, microbiologists at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine provided new details pertaining to C. auris drug resistance and growth patterns. Based on specimens collected from around the globe, the comprehensive study also provides evidence that a new investigational drug (SCY-078) may help to cure these infections.
Professor Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, MBA, FIDSA, of the Center for Medical Mycology in the Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, said:
“This emerging fungal species has started to infect patients globally, causing invasive infections that are associated with a high death rate. It is multidrug-resistant, and some strains isolated from patients are resistant to all commercially available antifungal drugs. Multidrug-resistance used to be reported for bacteria only, and now we must add fungi to the list.”
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