When the blood test showed a newly discovered, but lethal infection to an older Brooklyn man hospitalized for surgery at the Mount Sinai Hospital in May last year, is immediately housed in isolation on an intensive, New York Times report.
The germ that appeared in the blood was a fungus named Candida auris that attacks people around the world, mostly those with a weak immune system. C. auris is resistant to antifungal drugs that make it a major threat to public health, similar to "super heroes" – antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.
times reports that C. auris hit in various countries around the world in the last five years, including South Africa, Spain, England, Venezuela, India, Pakistan and the United States.
He locked JIL in London for 11 days at Royal Brompton Hospital, a prestigious center for lung and heart. In Spain, 85 patients developed C. auris infection, 41% of whom died within 30 days.
Recently, the fungus hit the United States, especially New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added it to a list of germs that are considered "urgent threats". In the US there were 587 cases of infected persons with C. auris.
According to scientists, millions of people around the world could die of drug-resistant infections by 2050 if new drugs do not develop. Some scientists explain the growth of drug-resistant fungi in humans on widespread use of fungicides on agricultural crops to prevent them from being trimmed.
times quoted Dr Lynn Sosa, deputy of the state epidemiologist at Conneticut, who believes that C. auris is the biggest threat to drug-resistant infections as "quite unbeatable and hard-identified". Like the older man on Mount Sinai, most people who die die within three months.
When the older man died three months later on Mount Sinai, evidence of C. auris was found in his room. "Everything was positive – walls, bed, doors, curtains, telephones, sink, white plates, pillars, pumps," said Dr. Scott Lorin's hospital president. "Mattress, fence beds, canopy holes, window shades, ceiling, everything in the room was positive."
The Sinai Mountain was forced to hire special equipment to properly clean the room and even have to deal with some floor and ceiling tiles in their search for sterilization.