Will "Super Fungus" Be a Threat in the Midwest?

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      You may have heard of what’s being called the “Super Bug” or “Super Fungus” that’s been spreading in the United States. More than 600 cases have been reported with dozens of deaths. The fungus is what’s called Candida Auris and it enters through the blood stream. Although it’s not widely spread right now, the problem is it doesn’t respond to common antifungal drugs, making it hard to treat.

In the video, Dr. Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease specialist at The University of Kansas Health System, says doctors are not exactly clear where it’s coming from, but suspect it begins overseas and enters the U.S. along the coasts. He says it’s most likely contracted by people who with weakened immune systems. The best prevention is good handwashing practices, but Dr. Hawkinson says there’s really not much you can do to protect yourself and right now, and it’s not a huge concern in the Midwest. Even if you come in contact with the Super Fungus it doesn’t mean you’re going to contract it.