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Australian state reports its first case of superbug fungus
Published in 7-8-2018
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) An Australian state on Tuesday reported its first case of a superbug in a hospital patient who likely picked up the drug-resistant fungus in Britain. Victoria Deputy Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said health officials were taking a "search and destroy" approach to ensure the Candida auris fungus did not spread. "The man was isolated as soon as the diagnosis was made and intense cleaning and disinfection has occurred," Sutton said in a statement. First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries including the United States where it is becoming a menace in hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. The U.S.