Local health officials say a dangerous fungus known to be resistant to treatment has been detected at the Pierre Boucher hospital in Longueuil.
Officials say two cases of patients carrying Candida auris have been confirmed at the hospital since September 8.
On that day, the first person suspected of having the fungus and its close contacts were isolated.
Spokesperson Caroline Doucet said other precautions were being taken, including instructing staff at the unit where the case occurred on personal protective equipment, frequent hand washing and sanitizing measures.
All those who had close contact with the two patients have been tested, and health officials say the hospital is safe for patrons.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Candida auris is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, is difficult to identify in standard laboratory tests, and can cause healthcare outbreaks. It is an emerging fungus that is considered a serious global health threat because of the setting.
Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said he was concerned about the presence of the pathogen in Quebec and urged federal public health officials to speed up information gathering from provinces to get a better picture of the situation. I requested
Dangerous Candida auris bacteria detected at Pierre Boucher hospital, health officials say
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