CDC: Deadly fungus spreading in 5 states

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CDC: Deadly fungus spreading in 5 states
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Thirty-five people in five states have been diagnosed with a new strain of deadly fungal infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Candida auris killed some 60% of people that contracted it

Unfortunately, this is no ordinary fungus. Known as Candida auris, this particular strain of yeast can cause serious bloodstream infections, wound infections and ear infections. It is also suspected in possible respiratory and bladder infections.

C. auris is easily transmitted from person to person and can also spread through contact with contaminated environmental surfaces or equipment, according to the CDC.

These five states have reported outbreaks:

CDC: Deadly fungus spreading in 5 states

A drug-resistant superbug, C. auris invades organs causing victims to experience symptoms such as fever and low blood pressure.

So far the fungus is most prevalent among the sickest patients and has been found mostly in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Sadly, it is estimated that 60% of people with C. auris infections died. But the full virulence of the bug isn’t completely understood yet because those people were already in compromised health from other issues.  

C. auris first came on the CDC’s radar last June.

Thankfully, it’s still being described as ‘very rare,’ according to CDC spokesman Tom Chiller.

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