Stopping C. auris in an Oklahoma Hospital
When an Oklahoma hospital identified a patient with the multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris
in April 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Health Department worked with hospital staff to rapidly identify other cases and stop its spread.
C. auris: CDC’s Response to a Global Emerging ThreatCandida auris
) is a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause serious infections and even death. CDC alerted U.S. healthcare facilities to the risk that C.auris
could spread between patients in hospitals, and continues to work with partners to better contain and prevent its spread.
Improving Antibiotic Prescribing with Rapid Diagnostics and Education
People who get Valley fever are often misdiagnosed with bacterial pneumonia and given antibiotics. However, Valley fever is caused by a fungus, so antibiotics will not work. CDC is working to help healthcare providers better diagnose Valley fever, in part by supporting development of rapid diagnostic tests that can quickly provide clinicians with the information they need to appropriately treat patients.
Investigating the Expanding Geographic Range of Coccidioides into the State of Washington
In the past, scientists believed that Coccidioides,
the fungus that causes valley fever, only lived in the Southwestern United States and parts of Latin America. However, cases of valley fever have recently been found in people in the south-central region of Washington State. CDC has been developing new tools that make it faster and easier to detect Coccidioides
in the environment.
Fighting a Deadly Fungus: Preventing deaths from Cryptococcus
The fungus Cryptococcus causes life-threatening meningitis in hundreds of thousands of people every year. Most of these infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa. In countries with large populations of people living with HIV/AIDS, CDC is helping implement targeted cryptococcal screening programs and build laboratory capacity to detect cryptococcal infections early.
Disease Detectives Investigate a Histoplasmosis Outbreak in the Dominican Republic
Outbreaks of histoplasmosis have been described in North, Central, and South America after activities that stir up soil or large amounts of bird or bat droppings. However, there had never been a known histoplasmosis outbreak in the Dominican Republic. In September 2015, a number of previously healthy young men were hospitalized with fever, headache, and cough, and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health suspected the cause was histoplasmosis.