The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that an outbreak of the drug-resistant “superbug” fungus has spread to some patients in hospitals and care centers in Texas and Washington, DC.
According to “CBS News”, the fungus “Candida urus” attacks people with a weakened immune system.
The CDC said the evidence indicates that these cases were transmitted from person to person, which is the first such case in the United States.
Said the doctor. This type of fungus, first seen in the United States in 2013, “is resistant to many antifungal drugs and is resistant to all the drugs we use to kill bacteria and fungal strains in the hospital,” said Nita Ogden, a specialist in CBS’s internal medicine said in 2019.
Of the 101 cases of yeast infection identified in Washington, DC, from January to April 2021, three were isolated because they are resistant to the three major classes of antifungal drugs.
Twenty-two cases were reported in Texas during the same period, with two cases resistant to all three antifungals and five cases resistant to two of the drugs.
“Fox 4 News” reported that a day after the CDC said an incurable fungus had killed two people in North Texas hospitals this year, Collin County released information saying the fungus also caused the death of four people in two hospitals.
Information on the possibility of more cases in North Texas hospitals was finally released on Friday.
“Three cases in DC and two in Dallas were resistant to the three main drug classes, both patients in Dallas, who had drug-resistant cases, and one patient in DC died of a similar condition,” The Hill reported. .
“This is the first time we’ve started seeing this drug-resistant fungus and patients are getting infections,” said Megan Lyman, a doctor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.