CDC: Serious, drug-resistant fungus detected in Connecticut


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one case of a ‘Superbug,’ that is presenting a serious global health threat, has been reported in Connecticut. 

According to the CDC, Candida auris is an emerging drug-resistant fungus that causes severe illness in hospitalized patients and can spread between patients in healthcare facilities. 

While most cases of C. auris have been detected in the New York City, New Jersey and Chicago areas, there has been one confirmed case in Connecticut since February 28, 2019. 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health says that in April 2019, the Katherine A. Kelley State Public Health Laboratory began offering a C. auris screening test to help healthcare facilities identify high-risk patients who might be carrying the fungus. 

Next month, anti-fungal susceptibility testing for Candida species is expected to start, to identify treatment options for patients with C. auris infections.

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