Infections caused by fungi have seen a staggering increase in 2021. Researchers say the increase in cases may be related to health problems left by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Concerns raised in the United States Increased Candida auris infections characterized as ‘potentially fatal’ Superdrug resistant.
According to a study published March 20 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, In the United States, infectious disease cases increased dramatically from 2019 to 2021.
Specifically, researchers warn of an increase in cases of: Resistant to echinocandins the main drug used to treat infections caused by Candida.
case like this was three times more frequent in 2021 That’s more than in the last two years, according to the study, which analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and data collected by state and local health officials.
Data show an increasing rate of infection with Candida auris. From 44% in 2019 to 95% in 2021.
For researchers working at CDC, this increase may be related to: The challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the healthcare system Such as the lack of toilets and the use of antibiotics.
The report states that Candida auris, first detected in the United States in 2016, Categorized as an “emergency threat” It is being evaluated by the CDC because of its high drug resistance and mortality.
Most cases occur in public health centers especially among patients who have been hospitalized for long periods of time or who are connected to a ventilator, the authors explain.
according to CDC, The fungus can enter the patient’s bloodstream It spreads throughout the body and causes a serious invasive infection.
They also point out that specialized research is needed to be able to detect the fungus. Difficult to identify by standard laboratory methods It can even lead to misdiagnosis.