Superbug C. auris identified in 122 people across 7 states, CDC says

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( CNN) The number of cases of an emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus in the United States has grown from seven to 122 over the last nine months, according to a field report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report issued Thursday by the US Middle for Disease Control and Prevention.

The fungus, Candida auris, can cause severe illness with high mortality, particularly among high-risk patients, including those under intensive care unit, those with a center venous catheter and those who have received antibiotics or antifungal medications.

“It seems to affect the sickest of the sick patients, particularly those in infirmaries and nursing homes with other medical problems, ” told Sharon Tsay, lead writer and an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the CDC.