Hard To Kill Fungus On The Rise In Las Vegas
There is a hard-to-kill fungus in Las Vegas that has been increasing in population. And it is being found mostly in Southern Nevada healthcare facilities.
It’s called the Candida auris. It was also under the spotlight in November of 2022 by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, 8newsnow.com reported. But this year, the easily-spread fungus is in even more healthcare facilities than it was this time last year. 16 more facilities, to be exact. With Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center being the location with the highest number of cases reported.
At this same time last year, in November 2022, 774 cases were on record for Nevada. For this year, that number has risen to 1,313 cases, 8newsnow.com reported. With that number increasing the most rapidly in the last three months. Bringing Nevada into the lead in the country for the most cases, with 16% of those occurring nationwide, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Candida auris is being called a ‘superbug’ (8newsnow.com). Because it’s difficult to kill with the drugs we currently have in existence. The fungus affects men more often that women, and more than 87% of the cases are in those over the age of 50. The severity of the affects if the fungus are not clear. Candida auris is one of five superbugs that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified as urgent in 2019. But deaths reportedly associated with the fungus aren’t reported as necessarily being caused by it. And least not at this time.
But there are ways to help prevent the spread of the fungus.
The CDC suggests standard hygiene practices to be done by healthcare personnel to help prevent the spread of the fungus. Including washing often with soap and water and using hand sanitizer.
You can get the full report from 8 News Now here.