The CDC is monitoring a serious new threat in the United States. It’s a fungal infection that’s causing severe disease in five states, including Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maryland.
Jim Morelli, Fox25Boston.com
A small outbreak in Massachusetts has doctors concerned and health officials want to keep it contained.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is monitoring a serious new threat in the United States. It’s an infection called Candida Auris and it's concerning because of the properties of the organism.
“It's not a bacteria, it's not a virus,” Brigham and Women’s Hospital Doctor Paul Sax said. “It's a fungal infection that has caused very severe disease.”
The CDC says the organism can be difficult to spot using standard laboratory tests. And if it's not spotted, it can spread.
Containing the bug in the hospital setting is just half the battle.
Candida Auris is also proving difficult to treat.
“It's very resistant to our usual antifungal drugs. And this resistance is something that has to be overcome. We have to use special medicines for it,” said Dr. Sax. “We all need to be vigilant of these emerging infections, because they're very hard to treat and this one is actually hard to identify.”