Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel unpacks a deadly fungus spreading throughout the U.S.
Cases of a potentially deadly fungus have risen to an alarming rate — sparking a warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that it is an "urgent threat" in a recent release about a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Cases have soared nearly 200%, from 476 cases in 2019 to 1,471 in 2021 — and those cases were detected in over half of U.S. states, the CDC report found.
Candida auris or C. Auris is a fungus typically found in hospital settings and long-term care facilities.
It is a type of yeast.
CDC SAYS CASES OF LETHAL FUNGUS TRIPLED IN RECENT YEARS
It can cause severe infections and death in those who are immunocompromised or have underlying medical issues and indwelling devices, health experts told Fox News Digital.
The first case in the United States was back in 2013, with early cases found mainly in New York City and Chicago, according to the CDC published report.
Candida auris is a yeast responsible for many infections. Resistant to most antifungal drugs, the fungus is causing deaths worldwide. (BSIP/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
"Candida auris is a strain of yeast that has been found in hospital settings," Dr. Frederick Davis, the associate chair of Emergency Medicine at Northwell Health on Long Island New York, told Fox News Digital.
The concern with this particular strain, he said, is that "many recent cases have been found to be resistant to commonly used medications to treat infection and in the limited number of cases have had a 30% to 60% mortality rate."
"In chronically ill patients in health care facilities, it can enter the bloodstream through areas of open wound."
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