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Potentially deadly 'superbug' hurting people with compromised immune systems

April 10, 2019 05:42 PM

A potentially deadly fungal infection is spreading across the United States. The most vulnerable patients are those in hospitals and nursing homes.

The superbug is called "Candida Auris".  It's a drug-resistant fungus, detected in the United States only three years ago.

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Since 2016, 587 cases have been reported in 12 states. Most have been reported in New York - specifically New York City.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Albany Medical Center and St. Peter's Hospital to see if they've seen any cases. They say so far, they haven't. We got the same answer from Saratoga Hospital.

All three hospitals are clear – they're constantly reviewing and practicing best infection control - and following CDC guidelines.

The fungus has been described as able to worm its way into every spot of a hospital room.

Doctors say the superbug fungus -- which likely spreads through medical equipment, is no threat to healthy people. It's a threat to patients whose immune systems are compromised.

Mortality rates range from 20 to 50 percent. Symptoms include fever and chills.

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