Candida Auris is the new superbug on the block you’ve probably never heard of, and it is invading healthcare systems worldwide.
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This stealthy, drug-resistant yeast can already be found in hospitals worldwide, preying on those with weakened immune systems. An often fatal fungus, C. auris is so prolific that the CDC recently added it to its list of urgent threats.
So what exactly is Candida Auris and how did it fly under the radar and emerge as a global health threat?
We sat down with Adrian Zelaznythe Head of the Microbiology Lab at the NIH (National Institute of Health) to discuss all the ins and outs of this stealthy superbug.
Watch to find out more.
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“Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat.”
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“Candida auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant yeast first described in 2009 that has since caused healthcare-associated outbreaks of severe human infections around the world.”
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“The rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs.”
SICK is a new series that looks at how diseases actually work inside our body. We’ll be visiting medical centers and talking to top researchers and doctors to uncover the mysteries of viruses, bacteria, fungi and our own immune system. Come back every Tuesday for a new episode and let us know in the comments which diseases you think we should cover next.
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