26 Care Facilities Have Reported Cases of the “Superbug” Which Has Been Related to 63 Deaths Nationwide
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, November 29, 2022 6:26 am
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) – The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, a “superbug” known as Candida auris (C. auris) has produced 774 cases in Nevada hospitals and other care facilities (DHHS).
C has been associated to 63 fatalities in Nevada. According to the DHHS, auris. The fungus did not necessarily cause the fatalities.
C. The fungus auris can cause serious disease in hospitalized patients. If the fungus enters the circulation, it can spread throughout the body and cause dangerous invasive illnesses. It was named one among the five “priority” superbugs monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2019. (CDC).
They’re nicknamed superbugs because existing medications can’t destroy them.
“C. auris has caused bloodstream infections, wound infections, and ear infections. It also has been isolated from respiratory and urine specimens, but it is unclear if it causes infections in the lung or bladder,” according to the CDC.
As of Nov. 18, the fungus had been found in 33 sites across the state. The Division of Public and Behavioral Health provided a list of 26 hospitals and care facilities in Southern Nevada on August 1:
- Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center
- College Park Health and Rehab
- Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Desert Canyon
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Henderson
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Of Las Vegas
- Henderson Hospital
- Horizon Specialty Hospital – Las Vegas
- Horizon Specialty Hospital of Henderson
- Kindred Flamingo SNF
- Kindred Hospital – Flamingo LTAC
- Kindred Hospital – Sahara
- Mountainview Hospital
- Pam Specialty Hospital of Las Vegas LLC
- Royal Springs Healthcare and Rehab
- Saint Rose Dominican Hospitals – Siena Campus
- Sandstone Spring Valley
- Silver Hills Health Care Center
- Silver Ridge Health Care Center
- Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center
- St. Joseph Transitional Rehab
- Summerlin Hospital Medical Center
- Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
- University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
- Valley Hospital Medical Center
- Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center
Diagnosis of the fungus can be challenging since it frequently affects patients who are already in the hospital for another reason.
The state launched an investigation into C. In April 2022, there will be auris epidemics in acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, and skilled nursing institutions.
There is a distinction in case classification between infections (called clinical cases) and “colonization,” in which the fungus is present in the body but has not produced an illness. However, because of the risk of transmitting the fungus to others, patients with C must be treated with extreme caution. auris. Hand washing is a crucial precaution.
63 Nevada fatalities have been related to C. 45 were clinical instances of auris, 17 were colonization cases, and one was undetermined. There were 292 clinical cases, 362 colonization cases, and 120 unknown cases among the 774 patients.
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