Since then, the fungus has spread not just to the United States, but also numerous other countries, including Colombia, India, and South Korea, according to the CDC.
The Brooklyn patient died 90 days after being admitted to hospital, but the Candida Auris did not disappear.
[Image: courtesy of CDC] Globally, more than two dozen countries have reported either single or multiple cases of Candida auris, affecting every continent accept Antarctica. More than 700 cases, mostly in Illinois, New Jersey, and NY, have been reported.
The Candida Auris attacks patients with a weakened immune system.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, 90 per cent of Candida auris infections are resistant to at least one such antifungal drug, while 30 per cent are resistant to two or more major drugs. The largest number of cases have been reported in NY with 309 of 587 US cases as of February 28, 2019. Some 41% of the Spanish hospital patients affected died within 30 days of being diagnosed. Outbreaks have also been reported at a Venezuelan neonatal unit and British medical center.
90 per cent of Candida auris infections are resistant to at least one antifungal drug. In fact, candida auris outbreaks have been reported in hospitals and healthcare centres around the world.
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Until researchers are able to pinpoint the cause of these drug-resistant diseases, the CDC is urging people to use soap and hand sanitizer before and after touching any patients, and reporting cases to public health departments right away.
Prof Tambyah said: "Efforts are being taken by agencies such as the US CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Prevention) and the UK's Health Protection Agency and many other global and local professional bodies, including those in Singapore, to detect these infections and make sure they do not spread to vulnerable patients".
For now, the fungus can be treated with anti-fungal medications called echinocandins.
In regards to finding a way to treat antimicrobial-resistant infections, Nett said research groups are designing new strategies to fight invasive fungal infections, "including novel antifungals and vaccines". According to the CDC, 1 in 10 people the agency screened for superbugs carried a drug-resistant disease without knowing it. Oliver Wilkinson, a spokesman for the Royal Brompton Hospital, a hospital where C. auris had spread in 2015, said "there was no need to put out a news release during the outbreak".
Candida auris worries healthcare experts because it can't be contained with existing drug treatments.