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Growing Concerns About Contagious Fungal Infection

September 4, 2019


KATE’S FORECAST IN A BIT. GROWING CONCERNS ABOUT CONTAGIOUS FUNGAL INFECTION ON THE HEALTHWATCH TONIGHT. NEW JERSEY IS THE HOT SPOT FOR THE INFECTION THAT IS BREAKING OUT MAINLY IN HOSPITAL SETTINGS. HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE WITH THE VERY LATEST ON THAT. LOTS OF GOOD STORE BUSINESS THIS, GUYS. INFECTIOUSTY SEES SPECIALIST FROM THE CDC ARE CALLING FOR STRONGER MEASURES TO DETECT, PREVENT THIN NEXT THAT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TREAT BECAUSE IT IS AN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPER BUG. SIX YEAR-OLD STEPHANIE SPORE, WHO WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR BREATHING TROUBLE DEVELOPED A CONTAGIOUS FUNGAL INFECTION CALLED, CATOAURIS AND FORCED TO WATCH A WEDNESDAYING FROM HER HOSPITAL ROOM. ONE TIME THAT SHE CRIED AFTER SHE FOUND OUT THAT SHE WASN’T GO TO MAKE IT, WAS AT THAT WEDDING. REPORTER: FUNGAL INFECTION DOES NOT RESPOND TO STANDARD TREATMENTS, MAINLY STRIKES PEOPLE PERFECT IMMUNE COMPROMISED IN HOSPITALS, WHERE IT CAN QUICKLY SPREAD, FROM ROOM TO ROOM, ON PEOPLE, CLOTHING A INN LUNCH TRAYS. THERES SAY MORE PEOPLE NEED TO NECESSITY ABOUT THE MYSTERIOUS, DANGEROUS DRUG RESISTANT FUNGUS. I THINK THEY SHOULD BE AWARE, THEY SHOULD BE CONCERNED, THEY SHOULD BE ENGAGED. REPORTER: MOST CASES OF THIS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE IN, NEW YORK, ILLINOIS, AND NEW JERSEY. WHERE THERE ARE, 124, CONFIRMED CASES, 22 PROBABLE. AND DOCTORS BLAME IT ON THE WIDESPREAD OVER USE OF ANTIBIOTIC. THE INSTITUTE IN PHILADELPHIA IS ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF FINDING NEW MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO TREAT BACTERIAL INFECTIONS THAT IS RESISTANT TO TRADITIONAL ANTIBIOTICS. IT WILL HOLD A SYMPOSIUM WEDNESDAY WHERE OTHERS WILL SHARE RESEARCH. IT WON’T BE SOON ENOUGH FOR STEPHANIE’S FAMILY. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW WHAT SHE WAS FEELING AT THE TIME, LOOKING AT EVERYBODY, AND WITH GOWNS AND RUBBER GLOVES. THE DAY SHE PASSED WHETHER THEY TURN OFF THE MACHINE YOU CAN TAKE OFF YOUR GLOVES IF YOU WANT TO TOUCH HER AND NICE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. SO SAD. NOW, THERE HAVE BEEN 715 CONFIRMED CASES, OF SUSPECTED CASES OF THIS RARE FUNGUS IN THE UNITED STATES, AND IT CAN BE BE COMPLICATE TODD DIAGNOSIS, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO GET IT, ARE OFTEN SICK WITH OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS, AND EXPERTS SAY, THE HOSPITAL INFECTION CONTROL IS A CRITICAL PART OF PREVENTING THIS INFECTION.

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