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Bacteria with special resistance to antibiotics are increasingly found in the US increasing worries that the country will soon see a superbug that cannot be treated with known medications

According to the Center for Disease Control in the US, New York has reported 309 cases of Candida auris, followed by IL (144) and New Jersey (104). The overwhelming majority of cases in the United States have been in these three states, according to CDC figures.

"I think the most important aspect for control of Candida auris is that outbreaks are reported to the CDC and that the healthcare centers have up-to-date information to treat patients and contain outbreaks", she said. "More than 1 in 3 patients with invasive C. auris infection (for example, an infection that affects the blood, heart, or brain) die".

Most of the cases were reported in New York, New Jersey and IL.

[Image: courtesy of CDC] Globally, more than two dozen countries have reported either single or multiple cases of Candida auris, affecting every continent accept Antarctica.

In 2009, doctors first found candida auris in the ear discharge of a patient in Japan.

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In May previous year, researchers from Imperial College London warned of a potential "global collapse" in ability to control and fight fungal infections as drug-resistant strains grow and spread. However, many health care experts warn that if the USA health care system doesn't start using antibiotics more restrictively, a larger part of the population can become susceptible, as C. auris increases its resistance to medications.

Although C. auris infection is not a legally notifiable disease here, it has been included in an updated list of pathogens for the public health laboratory surveillance programme since past year. Growing numbers of cases have been reported in Florida, California, and a handful of other states. Just 90 days after he was admitted, the man died, according to a report in the New York Times. Candida Auris, is one of dozens of unsafe bacteria and fungi that have developed a resistance to drugs.

Candida auris appears to thrive in healthcare settings and is raising concerns among experts worldwide.

According to the CDC, symptoms of Candida auris may be hard to detect because patients are often already sick.

Candida auris can be challenging to identify because the symptoms are so similar to the flu or common cold that testing for the fungus is often overlooked.

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The CDC has labeled it a "serious global health threat".

The rise in antibiotics and antifungals has come with a price: a rise in harmful bacteria and fungi that has become resistant to these antimicrobial drugs.

Royal Brompton Hospital alerted the British government and infected patients when the fungus could not be removed, but made no public announcement to warn the public about the outbreak, The New York Times said.

The fungus has been found on surfaces in hospital rooms and on the skin of nurses and patients - even after patients were treated with antifungal medications.

In both cases, the infections seemed to be imported from overseas as there were no reports of a Candida auris outbreak from Singapore, the report said.

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