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UK Chandler Hospital reports five cases of treatment-resistant fungus, Candida auris

By: - October 24, 2023 1:41 pm

Chandler Hospital on July 17, 2018. (Photo by Mark Cornelison | UKphoto)

The UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington says it has five patients with a fungus, Candida auris, that is resistant to treatment. 

Candida auris can make people severely ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It also “spreads easily” in health care settings like a hospital. 

And “medications that are designed to kill the fungus and stop infections do not work,” the CDC says. 

UK’s patients are isolated on the same floor. All have “the fungus on their skin,“ UK said, “but it is not causing an active infection.” 

CDC tracking shows there have been 22 clinical cases of Candida auris in Kentucky over the past 12 months. Over the same time period, Nevada had the most cases at 384. 

Kentucky had fewer over the last year than most of its neighbors, with the exceptions of West Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri. 

Candida auris can infect the bloodstream, open wounds and ears, the CDC reports, and symptoms may mimick a bacterial infection.  

The fungus is mainly a threat to people with “severe” preexisting conditions, including having a breathing or feeding tube, among others, according to the CDC. It was discovered in 2009. 

This story may be updated. 


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Sarah Ladd
Sarah Ladd

Sarah Ladd is a Louisville-based journalist from West Kentucky who's covered everything from crime to higher education. She spent nearly two years on the metro breaking news desk at The Courier Journal. In 2020, she started reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic and has covered health ever since. As the Kentucky Lantern's health reporter, she focuses on mental health, LGBTQ+ issues, children's welfare, COVID-19 and more.