Air purification systems, invented more than 20 years ago and manufactured in Texas, may be the solution to mitigate increasing infections from a drug-resistant fungus, Candida Auris. This week, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention released a report warning that the multi-drug resistant fungus Candida Auris is spreading across the U.S. and can cause severe illness and death in people with weakened immune systems. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M22-3469 Twenty-nine states currently report cases of Candida Auris, with Texas in the top 20%.
Research* shows that use of the ASIET air purification systems for 24 hours destroys the Candida Auris virus, thus dramatically reducing the spread of infection. Even after the air purifier was removed, there was no growth of the fungus the following day. Because of the method of air purification, there was an overall efficacy of 75% on all surfaces through the tenth day of the test. (Note: the air purifier was only turned on for the first 24-hours.)
Candida auris is a type of fungus that causes infections, and it was first identified in 2009 in Japan. Since then, it has spread across the globe and has caused serious outbreaks in many countries. Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant organism that can cause severe infections in humans, particularly in patients with compromised immune systems. This report will examine Candida auris, its characteristics, and how it spreads.
Candida Auris can spread in several ways, but here are the top 5 ways it can be transmitted:
Candida auris is a type of yeast that is related to Candida albicans, which is a common cause of fungal infections in humans. It is an emerging fungal pathogen that is resistant to many antifungal drugs, making it difficult to treat. Candida auris has been found to be resistant to fluconazole, one of the most commonly used antifungal drugs. It is also resistant to other antifungal drugs, such as amphotericin B and echinocandins.
Candida auris can cause infections in many parts of the body, including the bloodstream, the urinary tract, and wounds. It can also cause infections in the ear and in the respiratory system. Infections caused by Candida auris can be severe and difficult to treat, particularly in patients with compromised immune systems.
Candida auris is an opportunistic fungus that commonly infects people with weakened immune systems, such as those in hospitals, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. The fungus can cause severe bloodstream and wound infections, leading to sepsis and death in some cases. Candida auris is especially concerning because it is resistant to most antifungal medications, making it difficult to treat and control.
Candida auris can spread from person to person, particularly in healthcare settings. It can be spread through direct contact with contaminated surfaces, such as hospital beds, floors, and medical equipment. It can also be spread through contact with the skin of infected individuals or through respiratory secretions.
One of the reasons why Candida auris is such a concern is because of its ability to spread quickly and easily. The fungus can survive on surfaces for weeks, allowing it to persist in healthcare environments even after routine cleaning and disinfection. Candida auris can also be transmitted between patients, healthcare workers, and visitors, increasing the risk of outbreaks and further spread.
Another reason why Candida auris is so concerning is because it can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms of Candida auris infection are similar to those of other fungal infections, such as fever, chills, and fatigue. However, standard laboratory tests may not be able to detect Candida auris, making it difficult to identify and treat.
To prevent the spread of Candida auris, healthcare facilities must implement strict infection control measures, such as isolating infected patients, wearing personal protective equipment, and following rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols. Patients with Candida auris infection should also be treated with antifungal medications that are known to be effective against the fungus.
When Candida auris infects the body, it can cause a wide range of symptoms depending on the location of the infection. Infections can occur in various parts of the body, including the bloodstream, urinary tract, wounds, and ears.
One of the most common symptoms of a Candida auris infection is a fever. Patients may also experience chills, sweating, and fatigue. If the infection is in the bloodstream, it can lead to sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition that occurs when the body’s response to an infection causes damage to its own tissues and organs.
Candida auris can also cause skin infections that are characterized by redness, swelling, and pain. In some cases, the skin may become blistered or develop a rash. These infections can be particularly dangerous in people with weakened immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or who have HIV/AIDS.
Infections in the urinary tract can cause painful urination and frequent urges to urinate. If left untreated, these infections can spread to the kidneys and cause serious complications.
Candida auris infections can also affect the ears, causing pain, itching, and discharge. In severe cases, the infection can lead to hearing loss.
Perhaps the most concerning aspect of Candida auris infections is their resistance to antifungal medications. This can make them very difficult to treat and potentially life-threatening. In some cases, doctors may need to use multiple antifungal medications at once or resort to surgery to remove infected tissue.
Candida Auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus that has become a global health threat. Here are the top 10 threats associated with Candida Auris:
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