Latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that U.S. patients infected with a fungal “superbug” called Candida auris climbed to 200 as of Dec. 31, according to an article on the Fierce Healthcare website.
In 2016, there were only seven cases reported.
C. auris is transmitted easily between patients through contact with contaminated surfaces or person to person.
About 40 percent of the U.S. patients who have contracted C. auris have died, according to CDC records. But since those patients had other serious medical conditions, it’s unclear how much of a role C. auris played in their deaths, the article said.
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