Several Strains of Сandida Proved To Be Resistant To All Available Antifungal Agents
Originally isolated in 2008 from a Japanese patient’s ear canal, this fungus has been reported to cause severe invasive infections (e.g. candidemia) with high associated mortality, approaching approximately 60%. From this moment, cases of infection with this fungus have been recorded worldwide including a recent outbreak in the US - more than 30 people are reported to be affected.
High mortality of Candida Auris can be associated with its invasiveness - unlike other pathogenic fungi, it does not just reproduce on the skin surface and mucous membranes, but penetrates into the blood. This pathogen is a typical "Hospital-acquired infection", spreading mainly inside hospitals through medical equipment.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection due to any Candida (a type of yeast). About 20% of HIV-positive persons with an immune status below 200 cells/ml develop the disease.