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Deadly Fungus

Published on November 17th, 2019

McKnight’s reported that New York nursing homes could face judgment after patients have been treated for the deadly fungus, Candida auris. The names of 103 long-term care nursing homes, 64 hospitals, three hospice units and a long-term care hospital that have cared for patients with the fungus were recently disclosed by the New York State Department of Health to the New York Times, according to a report.

The fungus, which is highly contagious, has been a top concern for providers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It infects those who are the most vulnerable, including those with multiple medical conditions. It also may be responsible for up to 60% of the deaths of those who become infected, according to the CDC.

State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, argued the release isn’t meant to stop patients from going to those facilities, but rather help inform them.

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