Hospitals around the world find drug resistant fungus

08-Apr-2019
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Candida auris fungus is resistant to major antimicrobial medications.
The yeast normally lives harmlessly on the skin and mucous membranes.
But can attack those with compromised immune system, such as the elderly.
Initial symptoms are fever, aches and fatigue.
The disease can be fatal, particularly if it spreads to the blood, brain or heart.
C. auris persists on surfaces and can spread from person to person.
Drug resistant strain of fungus reported across the globe, including UK & US.
CDC first issued an alert about it in 2016 - and now describes it as a serious threat.

One-third of C. auris are resistant to two antifungal drug classes
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