Deadly US fungal infection cases top 600

The CDC reported that as of March 31, there were 613 U.S. cases of Candida auris, an emerging fungus that is rapidly spreading worldwide.

While Illinois, New Jersey and New York are bearing the brunt of the outbreak, with 156, 106 and 319 cases respectively, nine other states have also reported cases. Additionally, 1,123 patients were found to be colonized with C. auris but not showing symptoms.

The number of U.S.-based cases of the infection has jumped by 26 this month alone. In an April 10 update, the CDC reported 587 cases of C. auris in the country.

C. auris cases have been reported globally, including multiple cases in Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany and India.

C. auris is difficult to treat because it is often multidrug-resistant. It has caused bloodstream infections, wound infections and ear infections.

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