According to a new study, the number of cases of a harmful fungus in the United States tripled in just three years, and more than half of the states have reported it.
According to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 pandemic probably contributed to some of the surges, according to a publication published by Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.
They claimed that hospital staff members were under pressure from coronavirus patients, which likely diverted their attention from sanitizing some other types of bacteria.
Candida auris is a type of yeast that, while typically not dangerous to healthy individuals, can be fatal to frail hospital and nursing home residents.
It spreads quickly and can enter the bloodstream, ears, and wounds. Certain varieties are referred to as superbugs resistant to all three antibiotic drugs used to treat fungal infections.
Since its initial discovery in 2009 in Japan, it has been discovered in many nations. The first occurrence in the United States happened in 2013, although it wasn’t publicized until 2016.
Health officials in the US documented 53 instances during that year.
According to the current report, the number of cases has continued to rise, reaching 476 in 2019, 756 in 2020, and 1,471 in 2021.
Thousands of more individuals have also had the fungus found on their skin by medical professionals, making them a danger for spreading it to others.
The authors stated that most infections are now being spread within the United States, in contrast to the early U.S. cases where many of them were imported from abroad.