Deadly "Superbug" Spreading Globally
By Dr Abri Brancken
Published: 19 April 2019 at 20:03
There is a deadly drug-resistant strain of fungus known as Candida auris and it is spreading at a rapid rate across the globe. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has called it a "serious global health threat." The fungus seems to affect people with weakened immune systems, the infirm and older people in hospitals. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalised patients. In some patients the yeast enters the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. In a number of cases, people have died within 90 days of being infected. C. auris was first identified in 2009 and first seen in the U.S. in 2013. Candida auris is a species of fungus which grows as yeast and it is one of the few species of the genus Candida which cause candidiasis in humans.
The CDC has alerted U.S. healthcare facilities to be on the lookout for C. auris in their patients. Why is the CDC so concerned about C. auris? Well, firstly, C. auris is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat Candida infections. Fighting a yeast that does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs is a menacing challenge, to say the least. Some strains are resistant to all three major classes of antifungal drugs.
The second reason why the CDC is concerned about C. auris is that it is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods. It is often misidentified in labs who do not have specific technology. The third reason for concern is that it is causing outbreaks in, particularly healthcare settings. The very places we go to be treated for sickness and diseases are becoming the infection hub for C. auris. For this reason, there has been a lot of secrecy and denial from hospitals and governments about the seriousness of the problem. No hospital would want to be seen as a source of a drug-resistant bug that can kill its victim within 90 days. Based on information from a limited number of patients, up to 60 per cent of people with this infection have died. In order not to create mass hysteria, governments have kept a lid on just how dangerous this fungus is, but due to the global spread and increasing mortality rates, the silence has been broken.
Unlike garden variety yeast infections, C. auris causes serious bloodstream infections and can spread very easily from person to person. Also, it can survive for months on skin, chairs, hospital equipment and on bed rails. Those at greatest risk are individuals who have been in intensive care for a long time or who are on ventilators or have central line catheters inserted into a large vein. A trip to your local hospital might suddenly be even less desirable than before.
The Bible clearly reveals that there will be an increase in frequency in the outbreak of deadly diseases, plagues, pestilences, and unexplained sicknesses and maladies in the last days (Luke 21:11 ). The time before Jesus’ return will be marked by rapidly appearing new strains of viruses and bacteria with previously unknown characteristics.