At least three people in Singapore were found to be infected with Candida auris, a deadly drug-resistant fungus that has been spreading worldwide.
While most Candida auris infections are treatable with antifungal medications, the CDC says it's concerned that some have proven to be resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications.
The germ, which is most commonly found in hospitals and nursing homes, is also hard to eradicate once it is present in a facility.
The hospital had to use "special cleaning equipment" and even had to remove part of the ceiling and floors to get rid of the fungus.
According to the Times, people with compromised or weakened immune systems - including elderly people, people who are already sick, and newborns - are the most vulnerable.
"With the propensity of C. auris to cause outbreaks in healthcare settings, institutions may have to do risk assessment to consider including this fungus into their screening protocols and further strengthen infection control measures to prevent it from becoming a major global public health issue".
As of February 28, there were 587 confirmed cases across the country, a lot of them in New York State, where there were 309 cases.
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Note : Nearly half of the patients who contract C Auris die within 90 days, according to a statement from the CDC.
Candida auris cases have been reported across the world since it first turned up in Japan in 2009.
In 2018, two medical experts, Dr Tan Yen Ee and Associate Professor Tan Ai Ling jointly penned a letter to the editor of Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore, a local medical journal.
After the woman's wound had gotten infected, multiple organisms - including Candida auris, started to grow. The first involved a 24-year-old Bangladeshi male who flew to Singapore to seek medical treatment, while the second involved a 69-year-old United States male citizen who was suffering from a lung disease.
In both cases, the infections seemed to be imported from overseas as there were no reports of a Candida auris outbreak from Singapore, the report said.
According to the New York Times, in 2015, there was an outbreak at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, which resulted in 72 total cases of C. auris. There are also 104 recorded cases in New Jersey.
Over the last five years, it has hit a neonatal unit in Venezuela, swept through a hospital in Spain, forced a prestigious British medical centre to shut down its intensive care unit, and taken root in India, Pakistan and South Africa, The New York Times reported.