December 3, 2023

The study found that cases of serious yeast infections tripled in the United States in three years

New York – cases of injury a Dangerous mushroom It tripled in just three years weAnd more than half of countries have already registered confirmation, according to a new study.

pandemic COVID-19 Part of the increase may have been driven, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote in an article published Monday, 20, by Annals of Internal Medicine. Health facility workers are overwhelmed with coronavirus disease, they said, and this is likely to shift focus away from disinfecting some other types of germs.

mushrooms Candida auris It’s a form of yeast that’s generally harmless to healthy people, but it can pose a fatal risk to vulnerable patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities. It spreads easily and can infect wounds, ears, and the bloodstream. Known as superbugs, some strains are resistant to all three classes of antibiotics used to treat yeast infections.

isolation beds in a negative pressure ward in Hong Kong; The researchers point to a relationship between the increase in infections with a dangerous fungus and the overuse of health services with the Corona virus filming: Tyrone Sioux/Reuters

The infection was first identified in Japan in 2009 and has been seen in more and more countries. The first case in the United States occurred in 2013 but was not reported until 2016. That year, health officials reported 53 cases.

The new study found that registrations continued to rise, rising to 476 in 2019, to 756 in 2020, and then to 1,471 in 2021. Doctors also discovered the fungus on the skin of thousands of other patients, with the risk of transmission to others.

The authors note that many of the first cases in the United States were “imported” from abroad, but now most infections have spread within the country itself./ ap