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so who do we blame? the Jews, The Italians, 3rd world nations?



'Serious global health threat': At least 587 cases of deadly fungus reported, CDC says


WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – At least 587 cases have been confirmed over the last few years of an emerging fungus infection, identified by U.S. health authorities as "a serious global health threat."

Centered primarily in the New York City area, the Chicago area and New Jersey, Candida auris infections had spread to a dozen states by the end of February, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. 

The fungus – also referred to as C. auris – is resistant to some or all antifungal medicines, which makes it harder to treat, the CDC says.

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Found in hospitals and long-term care facilities, it can quickly lead to death in patients who have weakened immune systems or other underlying serious medical problems. More than one in three patients with an invasive infection of the fungus has died, the CDC said.

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Of the 587 cases nationwide that the CDC confirmed citing February data, New York had 309, more than any other state. Illinois had confirmed 144 cases, the agency said.

New Jersey health officials reported Tuesday that over the last four years the state has 132 confirmed cases and another 22 that are considered probable.

"It's taken us all by surprise," said David S. Perlin, the chief scientific officer of the new Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, in Nutley, New Jersey.

As former head of the Public Health Research Institute in Newark, Perlin published several studies in the last two years about diagnosing drug-resistant fungal infections, including C. auris. 

"We don’t really know why globally this bug has burst on the scene all over the world." he said. "We're seeing it in hospitals – we have a problem obviously in New York and New Jersey, but we see it in Spain, the United Kingdom, South Africa, other places."




What makes C. auris so deadly is that it is difficult to treat and often misidentified, the CDC says. Unlike bacterial infections, for which doctors have many antibiotics, fungal infections are treated by three main classes of drugs. However, some of the C. auris infections are resistant to all three.  Patients who have been hospitalized for long periods, those with a central venous catheter or other lines or tubes into their body or have previously taken antibiotics or antifungal medications are the most vulnerable to the fungus.

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If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.


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5 mins ago, makorider said:

Quick, where we at with Red's toes?  They respond?  He may be the typhoid mary of the fungus world

Interesting thing the southern drawl is the result of hookworm

If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.


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