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Is there a test people can get to test for this? It’s not something most doctors would know to test for as it displays differently in different ppl.
The organism is hearty –– even with industrial cleaning, hospital room surfaces can remain contaminated with this fungus well after a patient has been discharged.
There’s nothing “hearty” about a virulent fungal infection. But it apparently is a “hardy” organism. Example: hardy is sometimes confused with hearty.
Basic proofreading, Journal people!
The Webster’s New World College Dictionary offers ” strong and healthy” as one definition for hearty, which is the meaning applied in this instance.
I’d like to know if C auris, with it’s tenaciousness, could effect down line sewage treatment workers.
Certainly “YES”. Gandhi criticised “Bhramans” in India for naming few people as “Untouchables”. Majority of brahmans are forced to leave home and over the world, because they have been discriminated based on caste. The so-called “Untouchables” are ones who carried night soil and sewer workers.
In future, the untouchables will be “Healthcare workers”,
“Finally, when it comes to infectious disease, it’s never time to panic. Instead, you can take constructive steps to deal with concerns about a wide array of infections, even the deadliest ones: washing your hands, making sure you’ve received all your vaccinations, and avoiding people who are known to be sick with something that may be contagious are good places to start.” How would any of these precautions prevent coming into contact with C. auris infections? How is washing one’s hands an effective precaution.
Amazing how decrease in the use of agricultural pesticides (some of which have polluted ground water supplies to the extent the water supply can’t be used, some are carcinogenic, tetragogenic, or just make people ill in a variety of ways, create superweeds, pests that are resistant to just about every insecticide, etc) isn’t among the precautions or recommendations.
Maybe eating organically grown fruits, veg, & grains is a useful “precaution” as well.
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