If you have or will be spending much time in a healthcare facility in Illinois, you should probably be aware of a fungus.

According to a release yesterday from the CDC, the fungus, which is called Candida auris (C. auris) spread rapidly through U.S. healthcare facilities from 2020-2021 and kept going in 2022. The fungus is problematic because, with many of the latest cases, it has been resistant to the medicine that's traditionally used to treat it.

The CDC says that the fungus is not generally a threat to healthy people. But it could impact people who are very sick or have invasive medical devices, or people who have prolonged stays in healthcare facilities.

Cases As Of Now & Illinois's Condition


That's the most recent map of affected states from the CDC. Illinois is quite impacted by the fungus, currently at 276 clinical cases of it. It's not listed what hospitals or healthcare facilities in the state have reported cases of the fungus. Iowa does have reported cases of it, but none yet clinical.

The CDC has deemed the fungus an "urgent" threat. The thought is that the fungus spread during COVID-19, when a lot of people were already in hospitals with that sickness.

CDC epidemiologist Dr. Meghan Lyman, said in the release:

The rapid rise and geographic spread of cases is concerning and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance, expanded lab capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and adherence to proven infection prevention and control.

You can see the CDC's interactive map of cases here.

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