A type of Japanese fungi that lives on human skin and inside the body, Candida auris, caused eight dead in British hospitals through underarm thermometers.
What seems to make Candida auris somewhat unique is that it spreads so easily from person to person.
“Once in the bloodstream, it circulates and multiplies, causing sepsis [blood poisoning]. Yeast cells can also deposit in organs [liver, spleen, brain] causing abscesses, or forming vegetations on heart valves.
A study conducted at Oxford University Hospital and published in October 2018 revealed that the hospital outbreak was caused by “reusable axillary temperature probes, indicating that this emerging pathogen can persist in the environment and be transmitted in health care settings.
The Biosafety Investigation Unit at PHE Porton Down laboratory investigated the fungicidal activity of a variety of disinfectants and antiseptics to combat the super fungus.
The British National Health Service says that the best way to prevent the spread of Candida auris is to “regularly wash your hands with soap and water especially after using the toilet and before eating food.”
There has not been a single, new class of antibiotic since the 1980’s, according British Health Ministry, and even common surgical procedures such as hip replacements and cesarean sections could become too dangerous if super bugs keep ahead of research and innovation.
Research by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published in November 2018 revealed that an excess of 33,000 people are killed by super bugs per year in Europe alone.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point News 2019.