A fungus called Candida auris, a yeast strain, is known to cause fungal infections and even multi-organ failure in severe cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an alert for an antimicrobial-resistant fungus that has been alarming rate in U.S. healthcare facilities. And no, the end of humanity is not upon us.
The CDC notes that fungal infection cases from Candida auris (a strain of yeast) tripled nationwide from 476 to 1,471 between 2019 and 2021.
The crippled state of the healthcare infrastructure post-COVID is highlighted here. However, patient movements and control might also have been at play.
A total of 3,270 clinical cases were reported through 2021, with 7,413 screening also detecting the presence of the fungus.
The HBO drama “The Last of Us” brought scads of attention to fungi taking over humanity. The show draws inspiration from the real-life cordyceps fungus — which actually creates “zombie ants.”
While fatal to humans, Candida auris infections are not foreshadowing an imminent zombie apocalypse.
The risk factor for catching the infection and eventual complications is also greater for certain people.
The major challenge in treating the condition lies with the fact that C. auris is multidrug-resistant, or resistant to several antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections.
With the staggering cost of the COVID-19 pandemic expected to reach $12.5 trillion by 2024, the government is expected to do its best to contain any infection from rising.