Drug-resistant fungus found in Louisiana hospital for first time

Two patients at the University Medical Center in New Orleans have been infected with a rare and drug-resistant fungus. 

 The yeast has been found in at least 19 other states including California, Texas, Illinois and Florid as well as in Washington, D.C., according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

As of Aug. 21 of last year, over 1,100 cases of the fungus have been diagnosed across the United States, according to the CDC. 

California has reported the most cases, 245 in total, followed by Illinois with 243 and New York with 235 cases. 

According to the CDC, individuals have developed a candida auris infection that is resistant to standard antifungal medicines.

Inpatients with long-term IVs or feeding tubes are especially susceptible to yeast infection, according to the CDC (CDC).

According to The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate, the two individuals have the first two known cases of the fungal infection.

Doctor Alfred Luk of Tulane University School of Medicine said there may be more cases.

“I realise everyone is tired of alarmist stuff, but I'm worried,” Luk told the AP. “I usually think of it as the tip of the iceberg.”

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