This post is by Bernie Carr,
I’ve hearing about this new deadly yeast infection, Candida Auris that I think more people should know about. It is a deadly health threat that has now spread among many countries such as Spain, Venezuela, India, Pakistan, South Africa, England; and now cases are being reported in Illinois, New York and New Jersey.
What is Candida Auris?
Candida Auris is a type of fungus that causes a severe infection in hospitalized patients. The CDC is concerned about it because of the following factors that distinguish it from other types of fungus:
- It is drug-resistant. The three types of anti-fungal medicines that usually work on other types of fungus infections do not on Candida Auris.
- It is hard to identify. Hospitals have to use very specialized lab methods to identify Candida Auris; the usual methods may fail to identify it and lead to misdiagnosis and mistreatment.
- It spreads in hospitals and nursing homes, in patients that already have weakened immune systems via contact with other patients or from contaminated surfaces.
- It leads to severe infection and death. About 30%-60% of patients with invasive Candida Auris infection die.
As of this writing, the CDC has updated the case count in the United States to 617.
Who can catch Candida Auris?
It affects people who are already ill from other causes. They typically have had lengthy hospital stays or live in a nursing home. The CDC also indicates that the most vulnerable patients are those who have weakened immune systems such as blood cancers, diabetes, who have tubes inserted in their bodies such as feeding tubes, breathing tubes, vein or bladder catheters, or who receive a lot of antibiotics.
How do you avoid catching Candida Auris?
Take care of your health
The CDC indicates that healthy persons have a very low likelihood or catching C. Auris, since it affects people with compromised immune systems. The usual advice on staying healthy applies here: Eat a balanced diet, get adequate sleep and exercise.
Practice frequent hand-washing
If you visit a family member in a healthcare setting or a nursing home, wash your hands before and after seeing the patient to avoid spreading germs.
Caregivers should also wash their hands frequently especially after contact with the patient or any surfaces.
If you care for a patient who has been exposed to C. Auris, such as dressing an infected wound, the CDC recommends using disposable gloves.
Don’t be shy – speak up
If you have a loved one in a nursing home or in a hospital don’t be afraid to ask the staff whether they’ve had an outbreak of any drug resistant infections. If you notice a healthcare worker has not washed their hands, don’t be afraid to (politely) remind them.
Don’t overuse antibiotics
The rise of drug resistant superbugs is partly due to antibiotic overuse. Using antibiotics when unnecessary lowers the effectiveness of these drugs.
Learn about disinfecting surfaces
- Oxivir Tb
- Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant
- Prime Sani-Cloth Wipe
- Super Sani-Cloth Wipe
Information is still emerging about C. Auris and the CDC is monitoring this closely. If you are concerned about this, particularly if you or a family member has a weakened immune system, speak to your healthcare professional and stay informed. Here is a link to the CDC’s site about Candida Auris.
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Disclaimer: I am not a healthcare professional; all recommendations are for information purposes only and not to be taken as medical advice. Do your own research or see your doctor for specifics about Candida Auris if you are concerned.