Candida Auris: Brazil Issues Alert on Fatal Drug-Resistant ‘Super-Fungus’

The fungus was first identified in 2009 in the ear canal of a patient in Japan. Since then, there have been cases identified in countries around the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The National Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) issued an alert on Monday, December 7th, about an ongoing investigation of a possible first positive case in the country of Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungus responsible for hospital infections that has become one of the most feared in the world.

In its alert, ANVISA stated that Candida auris (C. auris) "is an emerging fungus that represents a serious threat to public health."

C. auris infection is drug-resistant and can be fatal. Worldwide, it is estimated that C. auris invasive fungal infections have led to the death of . . .

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