Potentially Deadly Germ Surfaces In Chicago

Steve Miller
April 08, 2019 - 3:47 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Chicago is trying to deal with a fungus infection that's often deadly, and a leading public health official says it emerged rapidly here.

It's called Candida auris and it appeared in the U.S. in 2016. 

Dr. Sarah Kemble, communicable disease medical director at the Chicago Department of Public Health, said two Illinois patients were among the first cases.

In certain long-term nursing facilities, C. auris was seen in 20 percent to 70 percent of cases – and that was last fall.

The New York Times had a front-page story on the fungus over the weekend. The article called C. auris "tenacious" and "impervious to major antifungal medications."

The Centers for Disease Control said 30 percent to 60 percent of people with C. auris have died.