Deadly drug-resistant fungal disease has ‘infested' New York City

Candida auris in a petri dish

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A deadly infectious fungal disease that is resistant to many drugs has “infested” New York and affected more than 600 people in the city, in the biggest outbreak in the US so far.

Candida auris is a type of yeast. Between August 2016 and 2018, nearly 60 hospitals and more than 90 nursing homes in New York City were affected by the microbe. Worryingly, the fungus proved resistant to all three major anti-fungal drugs, with a 99 per cent resistance in the case of one medication, …

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