New York health officials won't disclose facilities hit by deadly superbug

  
Via:  krishna  •  2 weeks ago  •  18 comments

New York health officials won't disclose facilities hit by deadly superbug
"It's a very serious health threat," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Columbia University professor and an expert on public health policy. "It's a superbug, meaning resistant to all-known antibiotics."

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Cultured C. auris in a petri dish. Some strains of it are resistant to all three major classes of antifungal drugs. Photo: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- A deadly drug-resistant fungus is spreading in hospitals and nursing homes throughout New York City and its suburbs, threatening the lives of those with weakened immune systems. But so far, health officials are refusing to identify the affected facilities. 

"It's a very serious health threat," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, Columbia University professor and an expert on public health policy. "It's a superbug, meaning resistant to all-known antibiotics." 

It is known as Candida auris, and it is lethal for some patients with existing medical problems . 

"These people would be in danger, so you don't want somebody visiting the hospital not knowing that it's around and somehow contracting the infection," Dr. Redlener said. "That would be an utter disaster." 

The state Department of Health says there is no risk to the general public and notes that the vast majority of patients have had serious underlying medical conditions. 

The numbers underscore the growing health threat. Since first surfacing in 2016, Candida auris has stricken 613 people nationwide. 

Related:

1. Deadly Superbug Candida Auris Reaches California

2. What You Need to Know About Candida Auris

3. Novel antifungal shows early promise against Candida auris

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    2 weeks ago

Why is it so dangerous?

C. auris is often resistant to major antifungal drugs that are typically used to treat such infections. The C.D.C. says that more than 90 percent of C. auris infections are resistant to at least one such drug, while 30 percent are resistant to two or more major drugs. Once the germ is present, it is hard to eradicate from a facility. Some hospitals have had to bring in special cleaning equipment and even rip out floor and ceiling tiles to get rid of it. (Link)

 
 
 
dave-2693993
1.1  dave-2693993  replied to  Krishna @1    2 weeks ago
Once the germ is present, it is hard to eradicate from a facility.

My understanding is, it spreads like wild fire. It quickly gets in to everything. The smallest cracks, crevasses, everything.

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  dave-2693993 @1.1    2 weeks ago
My understanding is, it spreads like wild fire. It quickly gets in to everything. The smallest cracks, crevasses, everything.

And that creates a really serious problem. (I imagine eventually the technology that can deal with this will be invented-- but it will continue to present a serious problem in the meantime).

One of the improvements currently in use are UV robots.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Krishna @1.1.1    2 weeks ago
eventually the technology that can deal with this will be invented

nano-bots

 
 
 
MUVA
1.2  MUVA  replied to  Krishna @1    2 weeks ago

Something like this happen before I think in the 90's.

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  MUVA @1.2    2 weeks ago

it used to happen that, every so often, a drug resistant pathogen appeared. But not all that frequently.

 Over the last few years, however, the appearance of these drug resistant 'bugs" seem to be appearing with much greater frequency.

I think this is due, in part, to doctors over-prescribing meds of various sorts when they're not really needed...(?)

 
 
 
MUVA
1.2.2  MUVA  replied to  Krishna @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

I agree everything gets a antibiotic. 

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  MUVA @1.2.2    2 weeks ago
I agree everything gets a antibiotic. 

Doctor's do have a tendency to over-prescribe. (Much of conventional western medicine has a tendency to focus on two courses of action-- prescribing drugs and or operating-- even when these are not the best approaches.

As a result of overprescribing drugs , there have been negative consequences in at least two areas:

1. Unnecessarily over-prescribing anti-biotics has led to an increase in antibiotic bacteria.

2. over-prescribing addictive pain meds have resulted in addictions to pain-killers.

 
 
 
Texan1211
2  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

Why on Earth would authorities not release the sites where this is prevalent?

 
 
 
Transyferous Rex
2.1  Transyferous Rex  replied to  Texan1211 @2    2 weeks ago

Sheep don't need to know when, where, and why they face the sheerer. Just follow the ass in front of you. 

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Transyferous Rex @2.1    2 weeks ago

Sheep don't need to know when, where, and why they face the sheerer. Just follow the ass in front of you. 

Although some folks march to the beat of a different drummer (or at least try to):

Novel antifungal shows early promise against Candida auris

Biotechnology company Scynexis, Inc., is reporting early but promising results from a phase 3 trial of a novel drug for treating invasive Candida aurisi infections. (cont'd)

 
 
 
Transyferous Rex
2.1.2  Transyferous Rex  replied to  Krishna @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Although some folks march to the beat of a different drummer (or at least try to):

Sure. Don't step too off beat though, or the ausies will be nipping at you. 

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Transyferous Rex @2.1.2    2 weeks ago
Sure. Don't step too off beat though,

I don't usually.

But occasionally I do take small risks.

When I heard about this, I researched it to see which drug companies were working on the problem. 

IMO the evidence that Synexis has a cure is not definite. However, my guess is that it might be worth investing a small amount of money. I was going to buy a little of the stock on Wednesday, but I thought it might dip. So I waited 'till Thursday (yesterday) and bought a little at $1.49/share. 

(Here's the 5 day chart of the stock price).

Normally when a stock is that cheap..its that cheap for a reason-- that's not the sort of thing I would even consider buying. And I definitely do not recommend anyone else putting money into an exceededingly high risk situation like this!

 
 
 
Krishna
2.1.4  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @2.1.3    2 weeks ago
(Here's the 5 day chart of the stock price).

For some reason that link may not go to the 5 day. But when the graph opens, you can click near the top to see the price at different time periods. 

 
 
 
Transyferous Rex
2.1.5  Transyferous Rex  replied to  Krishna @2.1.3    one week ago
So I waited 'till Thursday

Looks like the time to get in was December. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    2 weeks ago
"It's a superbug, meaning resistant to all-known antibiotics." 

Wll, duh, Doc...it's a fungus not a bacterium

 
 
 
lib50
4  lib50    2 weeks ago

I've had MRSA and a dear friend's daughter died from undiagnosed MRSA that spread throughout her body and by the time they figured it out, it was too late.  These superbugs should scare the crap out of everybody. 

 
 
 
Transyferous Rex
4.1  Transyferous Rex  replied to  lib50 @4    one week ago

Stuff is crazy. My friend got an infection many years ago. Bad deal. Scary. Also scary is the fact that, to this day, almost every time he gets a cut or scrape...nasty, painful infection sets in. 

 
 
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