At least three cases of Candida auris fungus in Singapore since 2012

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Although there are three different anti-fungal drug classes, most known strains are resistant to at least one drug, one-third are resistant to two drugs, and a number of strains resistant to three drugs.

Candida auris, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, can be deadly.

According to the Times, an elderly man was sickened by the fungus past year at Mount Sinai Hospital in NY, after being admitted for abdominal surgery.

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 considered to be particularly problematic because it is resistant to antifungal drugs now available.

India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Russia, Australia, US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Kenya and list goes on with at least 587 cases reported from US alone, 309 cases in NY, 104 in New Jersey and 144 in IL, according to the CDC.

People who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such as breathing tubes, feeding tubes and central venous catheters), seem to be at highest risk for C. auris infection.

Some hospitals needed special cleaning equipment and even had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate the fungus, The New York Times reported.

Note : Nearly half of the patients who contract C Auris die within 90 days, according to a statement from the CDC.

"Most C. auris cases in the United States have been detected in the New York City area, New Jersey, and the Chicago area", the CDC said in a statement. What makes his case so frightening is that after his death, doctors tested his room and discovered the fungus was everywhere. According to the agency, C. auris can cause severe illness in hospitalized patients, and can remain on surfaces in healthcare settings, which allows it to spread between patients. As you can see from the map below, New York, New Jersey, and IL have seen the most cases by far-with more than 550 cases between them.

Members of the public remained in the dark until a scientific paper reported that there was "an ongoing outbreak of 50 C. auris cases" in July 2016. The CDC has labeled it a "serious global health threat".

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.

Now hospitals and local governments are reluctant to disclose outbreaks for fear of being seen as infection hubs.

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