The deadly drug-resistant fungal infection "Candida auris" has been spreading in the United States and the world as a whole. Since June last year, nearly three dozen Americans have been diagnosed with this infection.
Candida auris infections have been reported in five continents of the world since it was detected in 2009, when it was discovered in an ear infection in Japan. Since then, it has been reported in Colombia, Kenya, India, the U. S., Israel, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Korea, Venezuela, and the UK.
Health experts have warned that Candida auris, which is a sort of yeast capable of entering the bloodstream, can cause life-threatening infections. Moreover, it is resistant to commonly used antifungal drugs.
The CDC warned in a statement, "Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Some strains of Candida auris are resistant to all three major classes of antifungal drugs. This type of multidrug resistance has not been seen before in other species of Candida."
The federal agency is now surveying and updating the number of infections caused by Candida auris. Apart from the 35 infected patients, 18 more were known as carriers of the microorganisms but were not sick.
At least four Americans died after suffering bloodstream infections. However, the cause of those deaths remains undetermined since all those individuals had serious medical conditions.