Oregon on Alert: Superbug Candida Auris Emerges With Alarming Rate

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) โ€” A new study shows that the number of cases of a dangerous fungus in the U.S. has tripled in just three years, and it has now been found in more than half of the states. But people from the Oregon Health Authority said that their infections program works with hospitals and long-term care facilities to keep the number of cases and transmissions low.

Candida auris, also called C. auris, is a dangerous fungus that can cause infections. According to the OHA, C. auris is “often multidrug-resistant,” which means it is resistant to antifungal drugs usually used to treat Candida infections.

Oregon on Alert Superbug Candida Auris Emerges With Alarming Rate

OHA officials said the key is to find the disease early and tell the local health authorities about it.

A representative for OHA told KOIN 6 News on March 22 that there was only one outbreak of Candida auris at a healthcare facility in Oregon and that it was limited to three cases. A spokesperson told KOIN 6 News that there was another case in an Oregon hospital with a patient from out of state, but there was no sign of the disease spreading.

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Officials from OHSU told KOIN 6 News that there had been no cases. They credit their protocols and the fact that they could find the fungus in their lab.

Candida auris is a type of yeast that most healthy people don’t need to worry about, but it can kill weak hospital and nursing home, patients. It’s easy to spread and can get into cuts, ears, and even the bloodstream. Some strains are so-called “superbugs” resistant to all three types of antibiotics used to treat fungal infections.

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It was first seen in Japan in 2009, and since then, more and more countries have reported seeing it. The first case in the U.S. happened in 2013, but no one knew about it until 2016. In the United States, 53 patients were reported that year.

According to the new study, the number of cases has continued to rise, from 476 in 2018 to 756 in 2019 to 1,471 in 2021. Doctors have also found the fungus on the skin of tens of thousands of other patients, which means they could spread it to other people.

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