Deadly, drug-resistant fungus drips off its victims to spread to others

The director of the German National Reference Centre for Invasive Fungus Infections holding a petri dish of the yeast <em>Candida auris</em> in January 2018.

Enlarge / The director of
the German National Reference Centre for Invasive Fungus Infections
holding a petri dish of the yeast Candida auris in January 2018.
(credit:
GettyNicolas Armer
)

Patients infected with a deadly, drug-resistant fungus are
dripping with the dangerous germ, which pours into their
surroundings where it lies in wait for weeks to find a new victim.
That’s according to
fresh data
reported from the annual meeting of the American
Society for Microbiology recently in San Francisco.

The data fills in critical unknowns about how the fungus,
Candida auris, actually spreads. The germ is a relatively new
threat, considered an emerging pathogen by experts—and it’s
emerging quickly with an unusual ability to lurk and kill in
healthcare settings.

It was first identified in 2009 in Japan. Studies since have
tracked the
globetrotting fungus
backward and forward in time, from South
Korea in 1996 to an outbreak
in New York health facilities
that began in 2013 and lasted
until 2017. In all, C. auris has made an appearance in
more than 30 countries
, usually leaving a body count wherever
it goes.

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Deadly, drug-resistant fungus drips off its victims to spread to others