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Illinois ranked second in the nation in Superbug infection cases

The CDC is issuing a warning about a superbug infection that is impacting people across the country with confirmed cases in Illinois.

It is called Candida auris and it described as a super fungus that is resistant to some medications, and preys on people with weakened immune systems by infecting the bloodstream.

The CDC said it is difficult to identify with standard technology and difficult to treat.

Healthy people usually do not get this infection and symptoms are hard to detect because people with the infection are often already sick in the hospital with another serious illness, according to the CDC.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said more than 154 confirmed cases have confirmed in Chicago area healthcare settings.

The CDC said the infection can spread through contact with contaminated healthcare surfaces or equipment, or from person to person.

Infectious Disease Supervisor John Campos with the Adams County Health Department said there had not been any reports of people being ill from the fungus in Adams County, but they are watching closely.

“It is a concern because is drug resistant, Campos said. “If someone becomes infected with it, when we say infected we’re talking a blood infection not necessarily skin to skin infection or something to that extent and how that happens is particularly, we’re seeing this more in person that are immunocompromised .”

Campos adds they work closely with local hospitals and if the infection was suspected, it must be reported to them in 24 hours.

To read more about Candida auris for family members and patients click here.

Drew Brown

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