Nursing Home Experiences Deadly Fungus Outbreak, Department of Health to Release Infection Report Later This Year

A nursing home facility has experienced an unruly outbreak of a toxic fungus.  This fungus, known as candida auris ("c. auris"), is easily spread among patients and can be fatal.  At least 200 people have died in the state that houses this nursing facility, with nearly 900 confirmed cases state-wide.  It is not currently known exactly how many patients at this nursing facility are affected by the fungus, only that an outbreak has occurred.    

“The Department of Health has made controlling the spread of C. auris a top priority and has conducted extensive training and education on infection control policies and procedures,” stated a spokesperson for the state’s department of health.  “We take complaints regarding quality of care extremely seriously and ensure all appropriate steps are taken to protect the health and well-being of nursing home residents.”   For more, read the story.