The drug-resistant fungus,Candida auris, was only discovered 10 years ago, but is now one of the world’s most feared hospital microbes.
There have been outbreaks across the world, and new research showshigher temperatures may have led to an increase in infections.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has called forbetter understanding of who is most vulnerable to reduce risk.
Here is everything you need to know about this new superbug.
What is Candida auris?
Candida auris(C. auris) is a yeast, a type of fungus, which can cause infections in humans.
It is related to the very common Candida albicans, which causes thrush.
It was first discovered in the ear canal of a Japanese patient in Tokyo Metropolitan Geriatric Hospital in 2009.
Most of the time, Candida yeasts live on our skin without causing problems, but they can cause infections if we are unwell or they get into the wrong place, like the bloodstream or lungs.