A mysterious and dangerous fungal infection
called Candida auris has emerged
around the world. The infection has been reported predominantly among patients
in healthcare facilities.
Candida auris is a fungus that when gets into
bloodstream causes serious infections and can life threatening. The fungus was
first identified in 2009 in a patient in Japan. Increasing numbers of
infections have been identified in multiple countries since 2009. The Centres
for Disease Control and Prevention, USA has added it to a list of germs deemed
A major concern with the fungus is that it is
resistant to many antifungal medications commonly used to treat Candida
infections. Of late, fungi, just like bacteria are growing resistance to drugs
and thus adding to the concern over antimicrobial resistance (AMR). According
to public health experts the rampant use of antifungals in agriculture sector
is a major contributing factor to antifungal resistance.
Anti-microbial resistance is the ability of a
microorganism (like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and some parasites) to stop an
antimicrobial (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antimalarials)
from working against it. AMR threatens the effective prevention and treatment of
increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and
fungi. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognises AMR as a serious threat
to global public health.