OKLAHOMA CITY – In the past two years, two cases of a potentially fatal fungal infection have been documented in Oklahoma.
"Yeast Can Cause Infection David Chansolme, Medical Director of Infection Prevention for Integris Health.
That's the fear of Candida auris, a fungus that can be very dangerous."
"Especially if you have a fungal infection It can be deadly in their bloodstream, "said Chansolme.
The particular yeast strain is known as the" superbug "because it is resistant to all three commonly used antifungal drugs.
" It is not absolutely necessary that the Superbugs are more likely to cause disease; it's just that they're harder to eradicate in certain patients because we have fewer weapons to fight them, "said Chansolme.
Candida auris was first identified in 2 in 009 in Japan and, although more common overseas, More than 600 cases have been documented in the US
Recently, the CDC released the information that two cases of the deadly fungus had been identified and treated here in Oklahoma, one in southeastern Oklahoma, in 201
A statement by officials in Atlanta read:
"The work in Oklahoma was deemed successful because CDC had found no further evidence of a transfer. "
Why is the information being made public?
" In both cases there was no risk of further transmission to other patients identified, "said Laurence Burnsed of the Department of Health of the State of Oklahoma.
The OSDH was involved in both cases of Candida auris, saying that they helped identify the pathogen and communicate it to other health care providers, but to the extent that information about a "superbug" is made available to the public, they must be concerned about the patient's privacy. 19659003] "If it is a very limited event where an individual is likely to be affected by exposure. Previous exposure to another location or location could potentially be limited to communication with the public To find balance by using the Informing the public about specific risks when they occur, but at the same time protecting people's confidentiality when involved in public health investigations, "said Burnsed.