A drug-resistant superbug fungus has sickened almost 600 people across the United States in recent years, including more than 300 patients in New York State, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The elderly man, who was not named by the Times, was isolated in the intensive care unit, but died 90 days later.
Candida auris is a fungus that is getting health experts nervous not only because it's drug-resistant, but also because it is fast-acting.
As of the end of February, a total of 587 cases had been confirmed across the country, majority in New York State, where there were 309 cases.
Afterwards, the hospital "needed special cleaning equipment" and ended up removing "some of the ceiling and floor tiles" in the man's room in order to get rid of the fungus.
The first case in Singapore was detected in a 52-year-old Singapore-born woman who suffered several limb fractures following a traffic accident in India in 2012. The CDC reported 45% of the clinical case-patients died within 90 days.
According to a report published in 2016 by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, scientists first discovered the fungus in a patient who had an ear infection in Japan in the year 2009. The doctors prescribed antibiotics and antifungal medication, but fluconazole was discontinued after a week when the fungus was tested to be resistant to it, the report said.
Symptoms may not be noticeable, because patients with C. auris infection are often already sick in the hospital with another serious illness or condition.
According to the New York Times, in 2015, there was an outbreak at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, which resulted in 72 total cases of C. auris.
Recently C. auris reached New York, New Jersey and IL, leading the federal Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to add it to a list of germs deemed "urgent threats".
- Federal health authorities are warning about an emerging fungu that presents a serious global health threat and is showing up in NY and New Jersey.
Now hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs.