Candida auris covers people with a weakened immune system, infecting blood flow. It is difficult to identify with standard technology. More than 587 cases have been confirmed in the United States, mainly in New York, New Jersey and Chicago, reports the CDC. There are two confirmed cases in California, said the CDC.
Dr. Todd Ellerin, an infectious disease specialist, reports to ABC News that this fungus is resistant to typical cleaning products often used by hospitals and medical facilities.
"If we do not change how we clean the room, then Candida will hang there, which potentially can infect the next person who enters the room," Ellerin said. The CDC says that the early detection of C. auris is essential to maintain its distribution in health facilities. People who have recently spent time in homes for the elderly and have lines and pipes that enter their body (such as respiratory tubes, feeding tubes and central venous catheters) seem to be at greatest risk for C. auris infection. The CDC adds that infections have been detected in patients of all ages, from premature babies to the elderly.
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For more information about C. auris, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.