The pathogen was first discovered in 2009 in Japan. Candida Auris is resistant to all existing medications. However, it has become even more dangerous as it spreads during the pandemic, scientists have warned.
About a third of the patients who contracted the infection died within 30 days. At the same time, they were already seriously ill, so it is impossible to say for sure whether the fungus was the root cause of their death. Five to ten percent of people with the pathogen have developed a serious bloodstream infection.
Experts note that Candida Auris is difficult to destroy if it has spread in the hospital premises. For healthy people, it is relatively safe, but for seriously ill patients with a weakened immune system, the fungus can be fatal.
“If you wanted to imagine a nightmare scenario with a pathogen resistant to any medication, this is exactly it,” said Dr. Cornelius J. Clancy.
Doctors know that patients with Candida Auris are difficult to cure, but researchers for the first time identified people in the United States who had this infection resistant to three main classes of antifungal drugs. Doctors are concerned that now, due to the coronavirus epidemic; a much larger number of people are at risk of this pathogen.
Experts believe that COVID-19 has accelerated the spread of fungal infection.