BEIJING, April 13, China News Agency (CNA) Super Fungi has been listed as an urgent threat by the United States, and 18 cases of infection have been confirmed in China. Ma Xuzhu, a physician in charge of general medicine at Tsinghua Changgeng Hospital affiliated to Tsinghua University, told reporters Wednesday that this kind of candida, known as superfungi, would not have a great impact on healthy people with normal immunity. Washing hands frequently and thoroughly cleaning hospital articles are important means to block the spread of superfungi.
According to a recent report in the New York Times, a superfungus called Candida auricularis has erupted in many parts of the United States. As of March 29, 2019, 617 patients (587 confirmed cases and 30 suspected cases) with ear Candida infection were reported in the United States, according to the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Where is the superfungus? Ma Xuzhu, who is mainly engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases such as bacteria and fungi, pointed out that first, superfungus belongs to invasive fungi, which can invade blood and infect important human organs such as heart and brain; secondly, superfungus are often resistant to a variety of antifungal drugs; thirdly, superfungus are difficult to identify and be identified. The possibility of misreporting other Candida species; Fourth, superfungi are more likely to spread in hospitals and nursing institutions for the elderly, causing an outbreak of epidemics in hospitals, leading to the death of severe patients.
However, not all ear Candida are super-resistant. Even for multidrug-resistant fungi, there is still hope to achieve fungal clearance by increasing the dosage of antifungal drugs or combination of drugs. Ma Xuzhu said, Candida auricularis does not have a significant impact on healthy people, and for healthy people with normal immunity, the risk of this infection is significantly reduced.
How to effectively avoid the spread of superfungi in daily life, Ma Xuzhu reminds us, Washing hands frequently and thoroughly cleaning hospital articles is an important means to block the spread of superfungi. Therefore, the family members of the patients and the people in close contact with the patients need to wash their hands thoroughly with hand-washing liquid or soap before and after contact with the patients or objects they have touched. Medical staff must do a good job of hand hygiene.
However, many problems of superfungi have not been clarified in the medical field. Ma Xuzhu said that at present, it is known that infection mainly occurs in hospitals, focusing on people with low immunity, but such as how superfungi evolve and other issues, the academic community still needs to further study.
Source: Responsible Editor of CNN: Liu Yuxin_NBJS7825