Hospital officials at the Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama have reported three patients who have tested positive for Candida auris, according to a TVN-2 report (computer translated).


Health Minister Miguel Mayo clarified that these three people have not presented any other afflictions or more severe complications, but they are being kept under observation by medical staff.

People who may have been “colonized” by the fungus are those who have been hospitalized for a long time or who have received long antibiotic treatments.

According to Mayo, the relevant measures are being taken in the hospital and other patients who were hospitalized in previous days and who were sent home are being followed up.

Infectologist, Xavier Sáez-Llorens, said that the outbreak of the fungus Candida auris is dangerous because it spreads quickly in seriously ill patients, in addition to being multi-resistant, so there are few tools to treat it.