It hasn’t even been eight years since Candida auris was discovered—cultured and identified from the ear canal of a patient in Japan—and now it’s drug-resistant, setting up residence in hospitals, killing patients, and wreaking havoc across the globe.

The yeast, C. auris, finds its way into patients’ bloodstreams, favoring very sick patients, those who have a central venous catheter placed in a vein, and those who have previously received antibiotics or antifungal (yeast are single-celled fungi) drugs. It also likes to infect wounds and ears.

Hospital outbreaks of C. auris infections have… more

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