Japanese fungal infection outbreak in UK hospitals

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A drug resistant fungus has affected more than 200 people across hospitals in the UK. Japanese fungus, also known as candida auris, is a type of yeast which can cause a number of illnesses to hospitalised patients. After entering the bloodstream, the fungus travels throughout the body and grows into serious infections.

Patients who have previously undergone treatment for fungal infections are more likely to be infected by candida auris, which is resistant to many anti-fungal drugs, making it difficult to treat.

So far, there have been no UK casualties resulting from the fungus, but more than 35 different NHS trusts have detected it as well as several private hospitals.

According to Public Health England (PHE), all hospital cases have been successfully treated.

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