For over 15 years, Mold-Help.org has raised red flags about the serious consequences of fungal infections. Now, Candida auris has startled the world with the illnesses and death it causes. The New York Times has published articles not only exposing potentially the most dangerous epidemic in recent history, but also the coverup of the century.
According to the New York Times article, “The rise of C. auris has been little publicized in part because it is so new. But also, outbreaks have at times been played down or kept confidential by hospitals, doctors, even governments. Some hospitals and medical professionals argue that because precautions are taken to prevent the spread, publicizing an outbreak would scare people unnecessarily.”
There are multiple concerns regarding these outbreaks. C. auris itself causes serious infections in people in the United States and around the world, leading to illness and death. In addition, the rise of Candida auris embodies a serious and growing public health threat: drug-resistant germs. C. auris is resistant to many antifungal medications, placing it among a growing number of germs that have evolved defenses against common medicines.
The New York Times reports, “For decades, public health experts have warned that the overuse of antibiotics was reducing the effectiveness of drugs that have lengthened life spans by curing bacterial infections once commonly fatal. But lately, there has been an explosion of resistant fungi as well, adding a new and frightening dimension to a phenomenon that is undermining a pillar of modern medicine.”
“It’s an enormous problem,” said Matthew Fisher, a professor of fungal epidemiology at Imperial College London, who was a co-author of a recent scientific review on the rise of resistant fungi. “We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungals.”
The rise of this deadly drug-resistant Candida auris fungus was the focus of a New York Times report last weekend, which raised fresh questions about the secrecy enveloping infectious outbreaks at American medical institutions. Patient advocates say hospitals and health authorities are often slow to alert the public about drug-resistant germs, potentially endangering patients.
Candida auris was only discovered in 2009, but has quickly spread globally. The CDC says New York has 309 confirmed cases, New Jersey has 105 confirmed cases and Connecticut has one. And it’s not just a U.S. problem – Bangladesh have over 3,000 reported cases.
In the past few days, the CDC has revamped it website with information about fungal diseases, which it previously claimed were not a major health issues. The new information also announces an aggressive awareness campaign to educate the public. CDC has announced Fungal Disease Awareness Week – September 23–27, 2019. to highlight the importance of recognizing serious fungal diseases early enough in the course of a patient’s illness to provide life-saving treatment.
According to the CDC, immunocompromised individuals are in the most danger, especially those in nursing homes and hospitals. Is this a cover up, too? The Mold-Help Organization is digging into the research, and we’ll keep you up to date on the latest information, including what you can do to protect yourself.
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