CDC: 18 cases of 'rapidly spreading fungus' between Alabama and Georgia

(WRBL) — Alabama and Georgia are seeing over a dozen fungus cases that pose “an urgent antimicrobial resistance threat,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC says Candida auris, also known as C. auris, may pose a risk to those who are “very sick, have invasive medical devices, or have long or frequent stays in healthcare facilities.” C. auris is generally not a threat to healthy people, the CDC states.

Map provided by CDC

According to the center, the fungus is an antimicrobial resistance threat due to it’s drug resistance nature, along with it’s ability to spread easily in healthcare facilities and “cause severe infections with high death rates.”

The center says the fungus was first detected in the U.S. in 2016, although it began to “spread at an alarming rate” in health care facilities between 2020 2021.

The CDC website reports Alabama currently has six cases while Georgia is facing 12. South of our viewing area, Florida reportedly has 349 cases.

Officials say more than 8,000 cases of the fungus were found across 28 states and D.C. by the end of 2022.

A chart of case numbers by state can be found below:

State Number of clinical cases (infections) in past 12 months
Alabama 6
Arizona 17
California 359
Colorado 1
Delaware 5
District Of Columbia 19
Florida 349
Georgia 12
Hawaii 1
Illinois 276
Indiana 87
Iowa 0
Kentucky 22
Louisiana 10
Maryland 46
Massachusetts 2
Michigan 33
Minnesota 1
Mississippi 5
Nevada 384
New Jersey 94
New Mexico 1
New York 326
Ohio 79
Pennsylvania 33
Tennessee 8
Texas 160
Virginia 40
Wisconsin 1
Data provided by CDC

More information can be found on the CDC website.

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