The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has reported more than 50 instances of fungal infections across the state. They said that there are nearly a dozen clinical cases, with four cases possibly resulting in death.
The infection is called C. auris.
MSDH said that this fungal infection is thought to be resistant to medication. It has caused a few outbreaks in different healthcare settings so far. The infection is
This particular fungal infection is thought to be resistant to medication and exceedingly challenging to detect within the body. It has caused outbreaks in a few healthcare settings.
Department spokesperson, Liz Sharlot said,
“Our investigation is constantly evolving,” Sharlot stated, reported by Mississippi Today. She further reported that the department has identified 12 clinical cases of the infection and four “potentially associated deaths.”
C. auris is still considered uncommon in the United States.
MSDH said that people who are susceptible to invasive infections, or already ill due to other conditions are the most susceptible to this infection.