Health officials said an Oregon hospital is reporting an outbreak of a superbug fungus that has hospitalized three people in the state.
Oregon confirmed three cases on Tuesday candida auris At the Salem Hospital in the state capital, Salem city. According to the Oregon Health Authority, the first case was detected on December 11. The second case was confirmed on 23 December and the third case on 27 December.
Federal, state and local health officials are investigating the outbreak.
c. auriso It is a type of yeast fungus that is difficult to detect and is highly resistant to drugs, making it difficult to treat infected patients. The pathogen was first detected in a hospital in Japan in 2009 and inside the US in 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said c. auriso A “serious global health threat,” and states extending from New York to California have reported 1,156 clinical cases of yeast fungus.
Rebecca Pierce, manager of the State Healthcare-Associated Infection Program at Oregon’s Department of Health, said the fungus “can cause serious infections, especially for people with serious medical problems.”
“Fortunately, the organism we are dealing with in this outbreak responds to existing treatments,” she said in a statement. “Still, it is important that we stop the spread of the infection.”
The fungus can cause infection of the bloodstream and wounds, with symptoms including fever and chills. It can also colonize people’s skin and spread through close contact or contaminated surfaces.
c. auriso It is extremely difficult to detect and requires specialized equipment to detect it.