The fungal infections have surfaced in the city’s public hospitals and retirement homes, the South China Morning Post reports. Raymond Lai of the umbrella organization of hospitals in Hong Kong calls the outbreak worrying. This year the fungus has been diagnosed in 136 people. In the whole of 2019, there were 20 cases.
People who contract the fungus have a risk of death of between 30 and 60 percent, depending on where the infection is. It is not known how many people died from the effects of the fungus in Hong Kong.
“We hope to combat the fungus in hospitals and retirement homes, so that it does not spread to the community,” said Lai. He says the fungus can currently spread easily because isolation rooms in hospitals are often occupied due to the coronavirus. Patients with Candida auris therefore remain in rooms with other patients.
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