“Candida auris” fungus poses a “serious threat to global health” was identified as a first ever case in 2020 in Brazil on Monday. The country’s health ministry said its a rare fungus that can cause drug-resistant infections and potential fatalities. Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa, was alerted on Monday to the possible infection in a patient admitted to an adult ICU in a hospital in the northeastern State of Bahia, Brazil.
“Candida auris” is a species of fungus that grows as yeast which causes candidiasis in humans. Often, candidiasis is acquired in hospitals by patients with weakened immune systems.
This fungus was found in Japan at first in 2009 and in 2013 in Britain whereas in the U.S it was identified in 2016. It has been identified in dozens of countries, being more widespread in South America and South Asia. Amid the pandemic of Covid-19 ,where the countries are facing huge pressures this year , this new fungus is causing a serious concern.
A health task force has been set up to analyse the case and study about it more closely and prevent the fungus from further spreading. It can spread very quickly particularly in healthcare environments and between patients in the same hospitals.
The country has the second highest death toll in the world at 177,317, and the third highest number of confirmed cases at 6.62 million.