YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio is among the states where the fungus called Candida auris, or C.
The fungus is a concern because it is often resistant to antifungal drugs and is also difficult to identify with standard laboratory tests.
The fungus “spread at an alarming rate” in healthcare settings between 2020 and 2021, according to a CDC memo released Monday, and continued to spread into 2022.
There have been 79 cases in Ohio in the last 12 months, for a total of 285 cases from May 2020 to November 2022. One was registered in the Valley in the District of Columbia.
The highest number was reported in Hamilton County (212 cases), followed by Cuyahoga County (48 cases) between May 2020 and November 2022.
The top states for fungus detection are California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New York.
The CDC says it is a new “global health threat” that has caused outbreaks in healthcare facilities.
Candida auris is easily spread among hospitalized patients and nursing home residents through contact with contaminated surfaces or equipment in the environment or from person to person. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections.
It was first identified in 2013 and has been identified in more than half of the US states. It became known in Ohio in 2019, with the first case confirmed in 2020.