“They acquire it in the hospital. They are sick with other things. They may have diabetes. They may have other organ failures,” Sax explained.
By contrast, Sax says healthy people should have little problem fending off Candida Auris.
Although the outbreaks have not been large, nor geographically expansive, they are worrisome.
The CDC says the organism can be difficult to spot using standard laboratory tests. And if it's not spotted, it can spread.
Containing the bug in the hospital setting is just half the battle.
Candida Auris is also proving difficult to treat.
“It's very resistant to our usual antifungal drugs. And this resistance is something that has to be overcome. We have to use special medicines for it,” said Dr. Sax. “We all need to be vigilant of these emerging infections, because they're very hard to treat and this one is actually hard to identify.”