Through the efforts of the media, everyone has heard a lot about resistant superbugs and viruses, in the fight against which antibiotics are powerless. But the prefix "super", with the same negative meaning, applies to fungi, specifically to the species Candida auris, which is spreading confidently around the world. It easily infects and kills hospital patients who are admitted in a weakened state.
C. auris was first discovered in a Japanese patient in 2009. In 2016, the first seven infected appeared in the United States, a year later there were already more than a hundred, today there are only 587 confirmed cases. The fungus has long penetrated into such a densely populated country as India, infected people in South Korea, and reached South America. First of all, hospitals became the battlefield with him - in the UK, the intensive care unit had to be closed after seven dozen patients who visited there were diagnosed with Candida auris.
The fungus is fatal - of 372 patients infected in a Spanish hospital, 41% died within 30 days. C. auris is very insidious, as it does not have pronounced symptoms, almost all those infected were tried to be treated for superbugs. The idea that it could be a fungus came only during the processing of the premises - a malignant organism was found on the walls and equipment of the wards even a few weeks after the death of the people who were in them.
There is currently no cure for C. auris. First, several different strains have already been identified. Secondly, doctors cannot trace the pathways of the spread of the fungus and react too late, they do not have enough material for research. The most realistic version today sounds like this: C. auris was the product of the uncontrolled use of pesticides and antifungal drugs in agriculture. This means that any product of large manufacturers can be a source of threat, which explains such a rapid spread of the fungus.
In connection with this news, WHO strongly recommends remembering and beginning to actively apply the basic rules of hygiene:
Use soap and disinfectants in contact with patients, do not ignore incomprehensible symptoms, if they appear, immediately consult a doctor