Report: Cases seen of possibly fatal fungal infection in US, Israel

November 4, 2016 18:50

- A serious and potentially fatal fungal infection has been observed in at least 13 people in hospitals and nursing homes in the United States since mid-2013, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The agency said the fungus Candida auris (C. auris) had emerged globally, including in bloodstream infections, in countries that include Britain, India and Israel, and was often resistant to anti-fungal drugs.Seven cases between May 2013 and August 2016, that involved patients with serious underlying medical conditions, were reported in New York, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey. Another six identified later were still being investigated.

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