Weird but deadly: 140+ Confirmed cases of deadly Fungus in NJ

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“Candida auris (or C. auris) is a fungus that is causing serious infections in patients in the United States, including New Jersey.is primarily found in healthcare settings, particularly in long-term acute care hospitals and nursing homes that take care of patients on ventilators. Patients can carry C. auris on their body, even if it is not making them sick,” the health department says on its website.

There are over 140 confirmed cases of a deadly drug-resistant fungus in the state. There are 22 other probable cases of the drug-resistant fungus in the state.

The infection is tough to diagnose though, the most common symptoms of invasive Candida infection are fever and chills that don’t improve after antibiotic treatment for a suspected bacterial infection. Only a laboratory test can diagnose C. auris infection.

The CDC is working with public health partners, health care personnel and laboratories to stop the spread. The CDC calls C. auris a “serious global health threat.”

The New Jersey Health Department says if you suspect or identify C. auris, contact your local health department and the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service at (609) 826-5964.

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