First 13 cases of deadly fungal infection emerge in US

Thirteen cases of a sometimes deadly and often drug-resistant fungal infection, Candida auris, have been reported in the United States for the first time, health officials said Friday.

The infection, which often spreads in hospitals and other health care settings, can invade the ear canal, urine and bloodstream.

Four of the US patients diagnosed with the infection have died, although the precise causes remain unclear, the CDC said.

"We need to act now to better understand, contain and stop the spread of this drug-resistant fungus," the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden said.

"This is an emerging threat and we need to protect vulnerable patients and others."

The CDC first identified the fungus as an emerging global threat in June 2016.

It was first described in 2009 after being isolated from external ear canal fluids from a patient in Japan, and has since been reported in Britain, Colombia, India, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea and Venezuela.

The report in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) described seven of the US cases, which occurred between May 2013 and August 2016.

Another six "were identified after the period covered by the report and are still under investigation," it said.

The first seven cases were reported in New York, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey.

"All of the patients had serious underlying medical conditions and had been hospitalized an average of 18 days when C. auris was identified," the report said.

Of the four who died, "it is unclear whether the deaths were associated with C. auris infection or underlying health conditions."

A total of 71 percent of the C. auris strains from US patients "showed some drug resistance, making treatment more difficult," the CDC report added.

"Samples of C. auris strains from other countries have been found to be resistant to all three major classes of antifungal medications."

Although lab tests showed the US strains were related to strains from South Asia and South America, none of the patients had traveled to or had any direct links to those regions.

The health authorities believe the US infections were acquired locally.

"It appears that C. auris arrived in the United States only in the past few years," said Tom Chiller, chief of CDC's Mycotic Diseases Branch.

"We're working hard with partners to better understand this fungus and how it spreads so we can improve infection control recommendations and help protect people."


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Nov 04, 2016
Wow! What a coincidence that the appearance of this blight happens at the same time as the HUGE influx of illegal aliens and "refugees"! It is just a coincidence, right...?

Nov 04, 2016
@moberndorf You raciss'!

Nov 04, 2016
Wow! What a coincidence that the appearance of this blight happens at the same time as the HUGE influx of illegal aliens and "refugees"! It is just a coincidence, right...?

more are leaving than staying.

Nov 05, 2016
The swarm of unchecked, unvetted illegal aliens is bringing in all sorts of disgusting diseases that were either once eradicated in the United States or were never here. There was a REASON for Ellis Island. There is a REASON to check these people and not allow them to just flow in. The main purpose of government is to protect its citizens. By allowing these people in, the government is ENDANGERING us. And NO...it is NOT racist to say that. If it is, exactly which race would we be talking about?

Nov 05, 2016
Wow, didn't expect this article to bring all the crackers out of the woodwork, but there they are!

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Nov 05, 2016
With the influx of migration into the USA, diseases are more apt to be spread. Diseases which were corrected in the past have now erupted once again along with the exposure of unknown diseases. SWIMMING POOLS, public, park districts , YMCA's, apartment complexes, condominium complexes may be the culprit. Swimming pools are a cesspool of chemicals ( much of which is eradicated with the sun) and germs, in and around it, and with many people swimming at the same time the method to kill off diseases and germ used currently seems inadequate to ward off the various diseases brought in from 3rd world countries. More research and protection for Americans should be insisted upon with SWIMMING POOLS.

Nov 05, 2016
DT: 'Nobody knows Candida auris like I do, nobody. I know more about Candida than any epidemiologist. I know exactly where it came from with my extensive experience with Candida '. /S

Evidence from U.S. case investigations suggests likely transmission of the organism occurred in health care settings. (DNA) isolates from different continents are tens of thousands of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism) apart.
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Nov 07, 2016
crackers out of the woodwork
Bigotry is always a problem but this does not mean the dangers arent real.

"Among the most common diseases found among illegal immigrants are the new multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), Chagas Disease, Leprosy, and Dengue Fever."

-And bigotry is not a good reason to ignore it.

Dec 27, 2016
Wow, didn't expect this article to bring all the crackers out of the woodwork, but there they are!


First, it is just one troll with multiple accounts with nothing better to do, not 'all the crackers'. Second, the main cause of fungal infections is our local overuse of antibiotics and destruction of microbiome. And that is our local USA problem. Illegals do not produce and sell all these very dangerous chemicals that destroy us and our environment.

Thank you!

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