An alert for the fungus Candida Auris

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, launched a global alert for the presence of a drug-resistant fungus called Candida Auris that has spread in several countries around the world causing hundreds of deaths. As for Colombia, during the year of 2019 there have been 64 cases of infections related to this fungus.

Sandra Mónica Rubio García, occupational physician at the Manizales Police Clinic, explained: “Candida Auris is a type of resistant fungus because it is not sensitive to the medications that currently exist for the management of patients who acquire an infection of this type, for which the danger of contagion is that in medicine there are only four antifungal drugs, which do not eradicate this fungus, which generates a 90% probability of death in the person who contracts it “.

Fungal infections are characterized because they occur in hospital centers, specifically in the emergency and intensive care areas. The people or patients most prone are those who have decreased defenses with diseases such as diabetes, kidney failure and compromising the immune system such as AIDS.

The Secretary of Public Health of Manizales, Diana Patricia Grisales González, gave a part of tranquility for the city because there is no reported case related, also told how is the protocol of the Mandatory System of Quality Assurance, in cases of finding any anomaly “They have to monitor the presence of some bacteria that can cause infections in patients, so every month they grow crops to verify what type of bacteria is circulating and look at what type of antibiotic they should use to avoid creating resistance.”

The countries where multiple cases have been reported are Australia, Canada, the United States, China, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. In Latin America, it has only been presented in Venezuela and Colombia. According to the National Institute of Health (INS), in Colombia the first cases in the country were reported in 2016 with 17 infected, of these 35.2% died before 30 days of infection and the range of ages goes from recently born until 77 years of age.

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