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Fungus is a deadly problem at New York health care facilities

There are many people in the New City area who have spent time in a health care facility or have family members in a health care facility. These facilities exist in order to take care of people who need help. Whether it is a hospital, assisted living facility or nursing home, these facilities are important in our community. Families believe that their loved ones in these care facilities will be well taken care of and often this is the case. But, a serious fungus has emerged in New York care facilities that may lead to unexpected injuries.

The Candida auris, a superbug fungus, is spreading through New York health care facilities. The fungus spreads in a person's bloodstream and is resistant to medication, which is making it difficult to contain. Since the outbreak began in 2016 over 179 people have died in New York, which has the highest rate of infection in the nation. Senator Charles Schumer is urging federal officials to declare a state of emergency because of the fungus. He is urging the federal government to invest money to identify and treat the deadly fungus before it affects anyone else. Hospitals and nursing homes are especially at risk of having the infection affect their patients.

When a person enters a hospital or nursing home they expect to be treated well and not end up in a worsened condition. When a health care facility does not do their part to implement infection control strategies, they are putting the lives of all their patients at risk. If a family has been affected by an unexpected infection, they may want to consider their legal options. They could hold the health care facility accountable for negligence, and compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

An unexpected infection can seriously affect a health care facility patient. It is important for these facilities to understand their role in preventing their patients from suffering needlessly.

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