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'Superbug' Fungus Menacing New Jersey Hospitals

The CDC reported 15 cases of the "superbug" in New Jersey between July 2015 and March 2017.
The CDC reported 15 cases of the "superbug" in New Jersey between July 2015 and March 2017. Photo Credit: CDC

A "superbug" fungus has been menacing area hospitals, with 15 cases reported in New Jersey from July 2015 to March 2017, the Center for Disease Control reports.

Candida auris, a harmful form of yeast, is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Newborns and elderly hospital patients are the most vulnerable, according to The New York Times.

C. auris is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods and can be misidentified in labs without specific technology, the CDC said.

New York health officials on Tuesday revealed new details about the 44 cases in New York — all in NYC aside from one in Rochester, The Times said. Seventeen of those patients died, but they all had other illnesses, according to NYT.

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