Most bacterial and fungal viruses can be gotten rid of with antifungal or antibacterial treatments. However, the latest infection that has already killed 587 people is caused by a fungus most strains of which are resistant to treatment options. It’s called candida auris, a fungal infection which has been around for only 10 years now. Is this a new fungus that has been created by nature or has it been around for years but has only now surfaced?
The new resistant fungus that is killing people globally
Candida Auris is a superbug killing 1 in 3 people that are getting its infection. Some strains of this infection are resistant to all antifungal measures while others can resistant one or two types. The infection is contagious, and it can also survive outside the body for long stretches of time.
This infection is mostly found in care homes and hospitals, some of which have had to tear down ceilings, rip out tiles, and throw away fixtures as well to eliminate the deadly infection. Candida auris was first noticed when an old Japanese woman, of about 70 years of age, had it in her ear. Today, the infection has spread to about 30 countries.
The fungus has four strains which can be hard to contain. What the infection does is that it affects those who have weak immunity and spread through their blood and even organs. This fungus caused several outbreaks from 2009 to 2016 and still has no particular and dependable treatment plan. Its highly resistant nature is what has made it into a healthcare crisis.
Scientists think it has been around since the beginning but has only recently evolved enough to cause such damage. They are trying to find out the causes behind its evolution which may prove to be helpful in figuring out a treatment strategy.
Who is at threat?
People who are already ill and have weak immunity typically they are the ones who get infected by candida auris. This is why pointing out the infection’s exact symptoms has proved to be challenging. Moreover, symptoms of the infection vary as per the organ the fungal infection impacts more. Common symptoms include chills and a fever.
Researchers are baffled at the way the superbug spreads, strives, infects and resists. Moreover, the infection is also not easily identifiable. Since the way candida auris evolves has been noted, scientists are questioning whether the use of antifungals in the agricultural department is a smart choice or not? Should antifungal treatments be used as they are being?
Wrap Up Thoughts
Candida auris has been infecting people since 2009. This fungal infection is an alarming one because of how super resistant it is to antifungal measures. The infection commonly affects those people who are already suffering because of another health complication and moves through the blood to organs. It has already killed many. A treatment option needs to be put-together sooner rather than later to contain the fungus.