Deadly US fungal infections exceed 830

Cases of the deadly fungus Candida auris have grown to 836, up from 799 at the end of July, according to the most recent tracking data from the CDC.

As of Aug. 31, there were 806 cases and 30 probable cases of C. auris across the country. An additional 1642 patients were found to be colonized with C. auris, up from 1,540 as of July 31.

The cases are heavily concentrated in New York, which has reported 388 cases of the infection. Illinois and New Jersey follow New York, with 227 and 137 cases respectively. In all, 14 U.S. states have reported C. auris cases.

Multiple cases of C. auris have been reported globally, including in Australia, Canada, China, France, India and Japan.

C. auris, which can live on surfaces in healthcare environments, causes bloodstream, wound and ear infections. The infections tend to be resistant to antifungal drugs, making them hard to treat.

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