As per a study by US government, last year, several people being treated for Covid-19 at a Florida hospital became additionally infected with a mysterious, deadly fungus called Candida auris
As reported by BBC, The recent outbreak began in July when a hospital notified the Florida Department of Health of an initial four cases of the fungus among patients being treated for the coronavirus.
Candida auris is an emerging fungus that is often multidrug-resistant and some strains are resistant to all three available classes of antifungals, according to US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is associated with up to 40 percent in-hospital mortality and is usually caught inside healthcare settings, especially when people have feeding or breathing tubes, or catheters placed in large veins. It causes bloodstream, wound and ear infections and has also been found in urine and respiratory samples
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The CDC said it is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods. A Candida auris outbreak was reported in a COVID-19 unit in Florida last year.