Scary Fungal Infection Spreading In New York State
The COVID-19 pandemic may be over here in New York State and across the country. Although the time went very slow during the two long years of the pandemic, looking back it all seems like a blur. Thankfully, the restrictions that were in place over the course of that time are done and we have gotten back to normal.
We learned so much over that historic time in our state and country and, hopefully, the leaders have also learned a few things. For example, how to be prepared in the event that something were to happen on that scale again.
There is word that a new fungal infection is starting to spread in areas in New York State and New Jersey.
The CDC says Candida auris is a form of yeast that is typically not harmful to healthy people but can be a deadly threat to immunocompromised or vulnerable populations.
Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. CDC is concerned about C. auris for three main reasons...one of which is...It 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.
New York has so far this year reported 149 cases as of last week after reporting 379 cases in total last year, the highest in a decade.
Hopefully the world leaders, and leaders here at home, are paying close attention to what is happening and IF there are any steps to be taken to prevent an outbreak, they are ready.