Restive Superbugs Prey on Nursing Homes

Long-term care facilities play a growing role in the health care landscape as severely ill patients live longer. They also provide a dangerous channel for superbugs to reach hospitals.
 
Drug-resistant germs like Candida auris thrive in understaffed skilled nursing facilities with lax hygiene practices. The highly contagious fungus has infected 800 patients since arriving in the US 4 years ago; half died within 90 days.
 
The spread of drug-resistant bugs in long-term care facilities is a global problem—but it’s particularly pronounced in the US, where Medicare reimbursements incentivize the rapid expansion of these often-understaffed facilities.
 
The New York Times

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