Most cases were found in NY and Chicago.
At the moment Candida Auris is found in nearly 100 hospitals across South Africa so it is a widespread problem.
But Dr. Ted Louie, an infectious disease specialist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, said many hospitals don't know how to eradicate the fungus once it has occurred.
The fungus has also been detected in respiratory and urine samples, but the CDC says it's unclear if it causes lung or bladder infections.
But Candida auris can be highly resistant to anti-fungal drugs.
The deadly and pervasive yeast-fungus called Candida auris is on the rise across the U.S. And health officials are now warning about how fast it's spreading in health care facilities, especially nursing homes and hospitals. Patients who have undergone recent surgery, used central venous catheters, or been hospitalized for lengthy periods, as well as those with diabetes, are particularly at risk.
Candida auris worries healthcare experts because it can't be contained with existing drug treatments.
Typically, candida auris affects people with weakened immune systems who are in the hospital or have severe illnesses, according to the CDC.
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Govender says the infection is more prominent in private sector hospitals.
People in normal good health have little to fear from the fungus but are capable of carrying it, without symptoms, and then infecting others who already have less resistance, said Dr. Louie.
Candida auris shown on a petri dish.
Healthcare institutions here have measures in place to prevent and control healthcare-related infections, including C. auris, and are required to report any outbreaks, but no outbreak was reported, the spokesman said.
Some C. auris infections have been resistant to all three main classes of antifungal medications, making them hard to treat.
"It's an enormous problem", said Matthew Fisher, a professor of fungal epidemiology at Imperial College London.
"Even taking away the main culprit, it was still able to hang around for a few more months before we could get rid of it completely". Recently discovery of resistant fungi in addition to resistant bacteria, compounds the situation and raises the risk level to a new high. Candidemia is often the most common bloodstream infection in many hospitals and ICUs across this country. But with drug-resistant fungi and bacteria, their genes evolve so quickly that the treatment meant to target them proves ineffective and allows the unsafe disease to spread.
According to the CDC, C. auris can travel through health care facilities by lingering on surfaces and medical equipment, or it can spread directly from one person to another.