The US Centers for Disease Control has released a report in which it identifies over a dozen cases of a deadly, antibiotic-resistant fungus called Candida auris. It’s the first time this super-strain has been found in the US, and disturbingly, four of the first seven patients infected with it have died.
Scientists have known about the fungus since 2009 when it was first identified from the ear canal discharge of a patient in Japan. Since then, infections have been reported in several other countries, including South Africa, the United Kingdom, India, and others. And now, as the CDC reports, the fungus has finally made its way to the United States—and it’s likely been lurking in the country since 2013. This serves as another potent reminder that the antibiotic era is quickly coming to an end.