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Candida Auris Folo

August 26, 2019


point, we don’t change anything.”>>((MIKE))A LOCAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.. OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE RECENT SPREAD… OF A DEADLY FUNGUS THROUGH THE COUNTRY ((MIKE))GOOD EVENING AND IN AREAS OF THE U.S. THIS MAP.. FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION.. SHOWS THE NUMBER OF CLINICAL CASES.. AS OF FEBRUARY 28.ONLY ONE CASE HAS BEEN REPORTED IN INDIANA. BUT… ACROSS THE STATE LINE.. THERE HAVE BEEN 144 CASES IN ILLINOIS.MOSTLY IN THE CHICAGO AREA.NICOLE KRASEAN .. SPOKE TO A LOCAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.. ABOUT THE RISK OF THE FUNGUS,,, AFFECTING PEOPLE IN TERRE HAUTE…SHE JOINS US NOW WITH MORE.NICOLE?((NICOLE))MIKE, ANY TIME A SUPER BUG OR FUNGUS BEGINS POPPING UP IN THE MIDWEST… VALLEY RESIDENTS KRASEAN/REPORTING: WHEN SEARCHING FOR THE BREEDING GROUNDS OF CANDIDA AURIS… HEALTH PROFESSIONALS POINT TO TYPICAL AREAS. MARC KEILMAN: “Warm, wet, and dark climates.” AND MARC KEILMAN SAYS LOCALS SHOULDN’T FEAR FINDING THE FUNGUS IN THEIR EVERY DAY ENVIRONMENT…. FOR IT MOSTLY AFFECTS THOSE WITH ALREADY LOWERED-IMMUNE SYSTEMS. MARC KEILMAN: “It’s not something that’s walking up and down the streets, downtown, etc. so yeah it would be the sicker population that are a little bit more susceptible.”AS WITH ANY PATHOGEN… THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD IS THROUGH SIMPLE HYGIENIC PRACTICES.MARC KEILMAN: “We really treat it no differently, so your standard precaution, remaining vigilant with hand hygiene, with guard protection depending on the patient, what type of infection it is, whether it’s a wound, pnuemonia, whatever the case may be.”KEILMAN ADDS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ZERO CASES OF CANDIDA AURIS REPORTED IN VIGO COUNTY… AND LOCALS CAN TRUST THAT HEALTH OFFICIALS AT EVERY LEVEL ARE ON ALERT OF THE EXISTENCE OF THIS DEADLY FUNGUS. MARC KEILMAN. DIRECTOR OF QUALITY AND INFECTION CONTROL, UNION HOSPITAL: “With something like this for us, it’s more of an FYI at this point, we don’t change anything, because it hasn’t gotten here and we already feel like we have sort of the standard precautions in play to help that, but we do track it and we have the State in our corner helping us out as well.”>>((NICOLE)) THE ILLINOIS STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASED SOME TIPS ON HAND HYGIENGE THAT SUGGEST PATIENTS AND LOVED ONES HOLD THEMSELVES AS WELL AS THE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THEY INTERACT WITH ACCOUNTABLE FOR REMAINING VIGILANT WITH THOROUGH AND FREQUENT HAND AND EQUIPMENT WASHING. MIKE? ((MIKE))THANKS NICOLE.MARC INDICATE.. PRESENCE IN THE LUNGS.HE ADDS … THAT FUNGI TAKE LONGER TO GROW THAN BACTERIA.SO .. THE SYMPTOMS MAY MANIFEST.. OVER A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME.

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