Cases of fatal fungal infections are increasing dramatically in the United States
infections Candida oris (Candida auris) were first identified in the United States in 2013. Since then, the number of infected people, although still small, has increased significantly every year.
In 2016, Candida auris infected 53 people. In 2021, the deadly fungus infected 1,471 people, nearly double the 756 cases the previous year, researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine on March 21. In addition, the researchers found that the fungus has become resistant to antifungal drugs.
Arturo Casadval, a microbiologist and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, believes that the increase in cases and antifungal resistance is cause for concern. He says that the results of the study are also worrying; Because it indicates a worse situation that may occur in the future.
to report Science NewsIn tests of people at high risk of infection, researchers found 4,041 people who were carriers of this fungus in 2021; But they were not sick at that time. Megan Lymana medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fungal diseases branch in Atlanta, says a small percentage of carriers may later become ill from the fungus and possibly develop bloodstream infections, which carry a high risk of death.