Experts red-flag ‘superbug’ menace stalking hospitals

Candida Auris easily infects patients who are being treated in intensive care units because it can get into the body through drips.
Candida Auris easily infects patients who are being treated in intensive care units because it can get into the body through drips.
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An average of between 60 and 80 cases of drug-resistant fungal infections are detected in SA every month, mainly in Gauteng private hospitals, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

“I must be honest, these infections are of great concern. It is a worrying situation,” said the NICD’s Professor Nelesh Govender.

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