UPDATED 7:29 AM PT — Monday, May 6, 2019
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to declare an emergency as a drug-resistant superbug continues to spread across the state.
Since March 31, 2019 the CDC has confirmed more than 600 cases of the Candida auris fungus across the U.S. Over half of those cases occurred in New York.
The fungus has been found in hospitals and nursing homes, and may be deadly for those with weakened immune systems such as the elderly, newborns and the chronically ill.
“We’re here today to urge the CDC, the Centers for Disease Control, to deliver a whole bunch of resources that can help New York and other states kill this bug and stop its spread,” stated Schumer.
The CDC has previously declared public health emergencies for the Zika virus, Ebola and H1N1.