Cases of drug-resistant fungus increasing across the Commonwealth

Health

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia health officials have issued a warning about a fungus that acts like a “superbug.”

The fungus is called Candida auris. The Virginia Department of Health says it has been found in several healthcare facilities around the Commonwealth.

So far, 37 cases have been reported in Virginia since July.

The fungus is known to spread quickly in places like hospitals and nursing homes. This particular fungus affects people with weak immune systems. It’s usually spread through contaminated surfaces or equipment.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the fungus is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections. Some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals.

The CDC says between 30 and 60% of patients with the fungus have died.

To learn more about Candida auris, visit the CDC’s website.

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