Scientists Sound the Alarm over Spread of Drug-Resistant Fungus

Scientists Sound the Alarm over Spread of Drug-Resistant Fungus

A decade after being discovered in Tokyo, a type of fungus that is resistant to multiple drugs is spreading globally, including here in the United States. Scientists don’t know how the “yeast that acts like a bacteria” arrived on America’s shores, but they do know two things: The infection can be fatal, and the fungus is a sign of greater problems to come. [1]

Surprise: We’re NOT Talking About Antibiotic Resistance

Now, when you think of drug resistance, you might immediately think of antibiotics. But even antifungal medications are failing, researchers have been finding. And this particular fungus, Candida auris, has been making doctors and scientists very nervous.

Many people already have Candida in their bloodstream. The run-of-the-mill version of the fungus is responsible for thrush on the tongue and vaginal yeast infections. Under normal circumstances, Candida is relatively easy to get rid of and causes little harm – mostly discomfort. Regular Candida is also not known for spreading in hospitals and other personal care settings, but C. auris is the exception to the rule.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that C. auris can spread throughout healthcare facilities by lingering on surfaces and medical equipment, and it can be passed from person to person.

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