CDC Warns of Dangerous Fungal Infection Spreading Through US at ‘Alarming Rate’


CDC Warns of Dangerous Fungal Infection Spreading Through US at ‘Alarming Rate’

This undated photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a strain of Candida auris cultured in a petri dish at a CDC laboratory. (The Canadian Press/Shawn Lockhart-CDC via AP)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning of an increasingly drug-resistant emerging fungus that the health agency says presents a “serious global health threat.”

Candida auris is a rare fungal disease that is easily spread through contact with contaminated surfaces or from person-to-person and can cause severe illness in hospitalized patients and those with weakened immune systems, according to health officials.

In some rare cases, the yeast can enter the bloodstream of patients and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive candidiasis infections, which can affect the blood, heart, brain, eyes, bones, and other parts of the body and can prove fatal.

Data from a limited number of patents shows that 30 to 60 percent of people diagnosed with the fungal disease have died. However, healthy people typically do not get sick from the fungal disease.

The CDC said it is concerned about Candida auris for three main reasons: it is often multidrug-resistant, it is hard to identify using standard laboratory methods, and it has rapidly caused outbreaks in health care settings.

Additionally, individuals who have been hospitalized in health care facilities for long periods of time—especially those who have breathing tubes, feeding tubes, and central venous catheters going into their bodies—appear to be at the highest risk of contracting Candida auris.

Other risk factors are generally similar to risk factors for other types of Candida infections and include recent surgery, diabetes, and recent use of antibiotics or antifungal medications, initial data shows.

CDC Data Shows Rise in Cases

Infections of Candida auris, also referred to as C. auris, have been found in patients of all ages, from preterm infants to the elderly, health officials say.

According to CDC data, the drug-resistant fungus, which was first detected in the United States in 2016, has been spreading “at an alarming rate” among hospitalized patients in recent years, with clinical cases of the fungus nearly doubling in 2021 and continuing to rise in 2022.

There were at least 2,377 confirmed clinical cases of Candida auris in the United States in 2022, according to CDC statistics, up from 1,474 cases in 2021 and 757 cases in 2020.

Data shows the fungal disease is now present in more than half of U.S. states.

Separate data from the CDC published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on March 20 also found that screening cases—in which the fungus is detected but is not causing infection—tripled from 2020 to 2021, from 1,310 to 4,041 cases.

The CDC has said it is concerned with the tripling in 2021 of the number of cases that were resistant to echinocandins, antifungal drugs that are typically the first line of treatment for Candida auris.

CDC officials said in a press release that the number of Candida auris cases may have risen for multiple reasons, including poor general infection prevention and control practices in health care facilities, although enhanced efforts to detect cases may have also contributed to the rise.

“The timing of this increase and findings from public health investigations suggest C. auris spread may have worsened due to strain on healthcare and public health systems during the COVID-19 pandemic,” CDC officials added.

Risk to General Population Remains Low

“The rapid rise and geographic spread of cases is concerning and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance, expanded lab capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and adherence to proven infection prevention and control,” said CDC epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Lyman, lead author of the paper.

Candida auris was first identified in 2009 in Japan, although retrospective reviews found that the earliest strain of the disease appeared in 1996 in South Korea.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), which has included Candida auris on its “fungal priority pathogens list” of life-threatening fungi, individuals most at risk of serious invasive candidiasis infections include those with cancer, HIV/AIDS, organ transplants, chronic respiratory disease, and post-primary tuberculosis infection.

“Emerging evidence indicates that the incidence and geographic range of fungal diseases are both expanding worldwide due to global warming and the increase of international travel and trade,” the WHO said in an October press release.

The CDC says screening for Candida auris can help protect people at increased risk of serious infection.

Despite concerns from the CDC and WHO over the rise in cases and resistance to echinocandins, Dr. Ashley Lipps, an infectious diseases physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center told Healthline that the majority of cases are still treatable with the antifungal medications.

“If someone has an infection with C. auris, the fungus will need to be sent to the lab for susceptibility testing to determine which antifungal medication will work best to treat it,” Lipps said. “The risk to the general population remains very low.” source

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6 thoughts on “CDC Warns of Dangerous Fungal Infection Spreading Through US at ‘Alarming Rate’

  1. robinlinaz

    Sadly no one can trust anything that the CDC or WHO say. They have marginalized themselves into oblivion. When a very dangerous health threat arises it will run rampant before they can manage it because the medical community and its representatives have irreparably discredited themselves.

  2. julieg777

    I can almost guarantee that this is spreading because of the covid vaccine which weakens immune systems. The HIV virus is part of the shot and this is a common symptom of the HIV positive. They develop wide spread candidiasis often. It is NOT due to global warming.

  3. Let’s talk about fungus. Remember when there was a saying, “There’s a fungus amongus?” I know where it is…

    As u all know from recent experience we can implicitly trust the CDC, WHO for their health recommendations. I don’t know where this posted fungus originated maybe Wuhan?
    But here is the big govt build up you may all be familiar. This fungus is dangerous, no cure, fatal, but never fear govt is working on an emergency vax accompanying govt mandated jabs. Unfortunately the govt in order to contain this contagion & protect its citizens will have to shut down the whole country & slowly kill you from hospital “treatment”, no income, jabs & a ban of life saving unapproved drugs or treatments. No contact with relatives, friends or people in general as we need to eliminate any false hope from non fungi info sources. No other opinions allowed.

    The all knowing govt must protect you from rampant mis or disinformation. It’s for your protection, ya know. So comply or else, peasant, signed ur loving govt who actually hates ur guts but loves ur tax $. BTW there’s way too many of you peasants so this culling is absolutely necessary for our organ recycling program & Mother Earth’s future. Be a good citizen & approach our faithful Dr Mengele protege for organ culling and/or the meat grinder..whichever our goddess Mother Earth prefers.

    I could go on but most of you all know how the “rest of the sorry story” goes. I think the fungus we all should really be concerned is govt fungus. This fungus (for Bible readers) could also be called leaven which infects the whole lump Gal 5:9. Govt fungus is ruining this country & is thoroughly imbedded in running this once great country under God into being a servant of Satan & unmentionable sins. Our country now is a beacon of hope/paradise for all true God haters & devil worshipers. Everyone is being infected by this ungodly fungi from babies to seniors by unlawful mandates & laws from evil unelected, globalist devil lapdogs. There is no choice. Resistance is futile. The fungi govt has plans to control even your $. Every dime. BTW u won’t have a dime or any other currency. It will be outlawed. By the fungi govt grace you will be allowed to be accredited digits stored somewhere under their control & doled out to you as they wish & your compliance with their unlawful madness. Remember the “own nothing & be happy” baloney? Sound good so far?

    The only cure for this fungus is turning to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray that you may not be infected with participating in the globalist lies about their nirvanic promises but standing instead for Christ & His truth.
    Our nation will become a vassal state but YOU do not have to be a vassal. Serve the Lord Jesus NOT the govt unelected liars controlled by the Devil.

    Jesus is looking for YOU to repent (turn away from) of your sins & ASK Him to forgive you & save you from the globalist earthly hell & the future Lake of Fire because all are sinners & as such we deserve punishment from the perfect Giver of His Laws as His Justice is always perfect. In other words He doesn’t make mistakes in judgement. However God the Father sent His only Son the perfect sinless Jesus to take the punishment meant for you when He suffered & died on the cross. He died for YOUR sins & He then 3 days later rose from the dead showing He is the ultimate life giver & even has power over death. No one else can say or do that. You have nothing to offer to lessen the punishment you alone deserve.

    If you will TRUST Him & Him alone until death then He is faithful & true to save you from the punishment you alone deserve. He went to the cross suffered & died for YOUR sins & He wants you to humbly accept that special, one of a kind GIFT from Him to you. He wants you to live with Him forever in perfect love, peace & victory starting the moment when u trust Him for your salvation. DO YOU?

    You are making the most important decision of this life AND your eternal life. Heaven or Hell? Make the best decision…TRUST CHRIST.

  4. Mark V

    If the majority of cases are among hospitalized patients, that should be a clue as to the inefficient HVAC systems which have been known to spread aspergillosis in the past.

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