There’s a new strain of medication-resistant fungal infection scattering across the globe like an epidemic and medical authorities do not want everybody to find out. The infection is caused by the mysteriously dangerous fungus is named Candida auris.
The fungus was first observed in Japan where a patient was diagnosed in 2009, and in the succeeding years has appeared all throughout the world.
In America, as per the data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been 587 confirmed cases of C. auris infection already.
What is Candida Auris?
Candida auris is a kind of fungus that attacks persons whose immune system is vulnerable and weak. When it gets into the blood the resulting infection could often become life-threatening if not given proper attention.
What makes the fungus deadly is the fact that this it is resistant to a large number of medicines available to patients to treat such kind of infections. According to CDC, more than 90% of C. auris recorded cases are impervious to at least one major drug, while 30% are impervious to two or more such drugs. And once the fungus appears in a certain area, it will be very difficult to eliminate completely.
People whose immune system are compromised in one way or another are more at risk in acquiring the infection, such as those who are already sick, elderly persons, or those who have immune deficiency illnesses. There is even a recorded case of a newborn getting infected in Venezuela, according to a news released by the New York Times.
Why is the Medical Community Hush-hush on the matter?
In a NY Times news report, author Matt Richtel recounts his experience about how his inquiry with major hospitals and various doctors have received nothing but reluctance. Instead of getting some kind of an answer and hopefully shed some light on the working of this mysterious infection, what he got are rejections and more unanswered questions.
Medical authorities and even governments are keeping the epidemic confidential because the infection is relatively new. Public awareness has been kept to a minimum, or even to the point of nonexistence, as the medical community wants to avoid unnecessary mass hysteria or outbreak of fear within communities.