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A mysterious fungal infection is spanning the globe under a shroud of secrecy. The drug-resistant and dangerous infection is, so far, not being widely reported on, however, Candida auris has been causing severe illnesses in hospitalized patients around the world.
Drug-resistant infections have been a growing concern among doctors. With the overuse of antibiotics, the evolutionary rise of “superbugs” has begun. Candida auris does not respond to anti-fungal drugs, making it difficult to treat. In some patients, the infection is so deep that the yeast causing it can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. This causes a serious invasive infection which, again, doesn’t respond to drugs.
Patients who have been hospitalized in a healthcare facility a long time, have a central venous catheter, or other lines or tubes entering their body, or have previously received antibiotics or antifungal medications, appear to be at highest risk of infection with this yeast, according to a report by Tunis Iesoir. Another complication comes when attempting to identify this fungal infection. Specialized lab tests are needed to discover the fungi lurking in a person’s body.
Based on information from a limited number of patients, 30–60% of people with Candida auris infections have died. However, many of these people had other serious illnesses that also increased their risk of death. But the secrecy isn’t helping much either.
Worldwide cases of an infection known as Candida auris have become an “urgent threat,” unveiling the dangers of drug-resistant germs for both bacteria and fungi from a cloud of secrecy over the fear of public hysteria, The New York Times reported. However, any fear and hysteria are likely due to the secrecy surrounding infections that are resistant to drug interventions.
“It’s an enormous problem,” professor of fungal epidemiology at Imperial College London Matthew Fisher told the Times, as reported by Newsweek. “We depend on being able to treat those patients with antifungals.” The symptoms of this fungal infection are similar to those of the flu. Fever, aches, and fatigue have all been commonly reported.
The “superbugs” resistant to medicine are most problematic for people, fatal even, with weak immune systems, particularly newborns, the elderly, and diabetics, according to the report. But we, as a society, have done this to ourselves and are wholly to blame. We attack our immune systems and destroy them with toxic vaccines and use antibiotics to treat the common cold. The human body was designed to attack infections, but we’ve taken away the ability through massive medical interventions.
While antimicrobial soaps and hand sanitizers have long been blamed for the evolution of these “superbugs,” the use of it in pesticides extends the issue to our food chain. “On everything — potatoes, beans, wheat, anything you can think of, tomatoes, onions — we are driving this with the use of anti-fungicides on crops,” Imperial College London infectious disease expert Dr. Johanna Rhodes told the Times.
Again, we’ve done this to ourselves. We have all but ensured our immune systems no longer work. We’ve given infections the evolutionary edge while not allowing our own immune systems the same advantage. It’ll catch up to us sooner or later.