The spread of Candida auris in hospitals around the world highlights a new potential hazard: that of antifungal-resistant fungi, such as antibiotic-insensitive "superbugs". A very disturbing phenomenon and yet put under the rug by health facilities.
His name is Candida auris. This
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An epidemic that affects the whole world
In the United States, the Center for Control and Prevention relies on the avoidance of negative disturbances or the reduction of their … "data-image =" https: //fr.cdn.v5.futura-sciences .com / buildsv6 / images / midioriginal / 0/7/0 / 070bdc60f3_50035320_amenagement-prevention-flood-clive-perrin-geograph-cc-2.jpg "data-url =" / planet / definitions / development-durable-prevention-6509 / "data-more =" Read more ">disease ( ) qualifies C. auris from « ". Since the first case identified in 2009 in Japan, the disease spread to the whole planet: South Korea, India, China, Colombia and Venezuela, United States, Canada and Europe … In the United States, 587 cases have been identified since the arrival of in 2013, including 309 in New York alone. In Europe, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) also warns about , with 620 infections recorded between 2013 and 2017 in six countries, the majority in Spain and the United Kingdom (two in France).
Most cases are patients at
The symptoms can affect different organs:
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Do not frighten patients
This disturbing epidemic is an increase in an endemic disease or the appearance of a large number of patients where the disease was … "data-url =" / health / definitions / life-epidemic-3837 / " data-more = "Read more">yet remains largely under radar. On the one hand, identification tests remain quite complex and not implemented. Some hospitals take more than a year to discover the presence of the fungus, which has meanwhile had the opportunity to infect other patients. Infected material and people remain for several months even after drastic hygiene measures. But the epidemic is mainly the subject of a of secrecy: neither the Royal Brompton Hospital of London, which had to close a dozen days in 2016 for decontamination, nor the polyclinic La Fe de in Spain, in which 140 people were infected in 2016 and 2017, did not think it useful to make a public communication: no need to scare patients, argue their officials. " Healthcare institutions fear losing their reputation Explains infectious disease specialist Silke Schelenz in the .
Massive use of fungicides in question
Candida auris is not the only case of
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So what to do? The ECDC advocates in particular an improvement of the prevention, with a watch on the reports, the strict isolation of the infected patients or the general measures of hygiene. Better information between hospitals must also be put in place, including a report on the transfer of a patient carrier.
What you must remember
- Candida auris is a yeast that has developed resistance to the main known antifungal treatments.
- It infects fragile patients in hospitals that seem quite helpless by the phenomenon.
- This new threat is reminiscent of multidrug-resistant bacteria, causing 700,000 deaths per year.