Ministry of Health confirms a dangerous drug resistant fungus has been detected in New Zealand
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Ministry of Health confirms a dangerous drug resistant fungus has been detected in New Zealand

The Ministry of Health is confident that the infection protocols in hospitals can deal with a dangerous fungus.

The first case of Candida auris, pronounced 'Or-iss', has been confirmed in the country and came in from overseas.

The hard to diagnose infection can be potentially deadly to those who have severely compromised immune systems.

Otago University's Kurt Krause says it is hard to detect and highly mobile.

"It usually does not cause infections in healthy people. But it can colonise healthy people and I think that's one of the backdoor risks, because one of the weird things about this bug is that it can live for months on your skin," Krause said.

"In addition to it being a nasty bug that causes serious infections, it's also hard to treat.

"It has a tendency to be resistant to one or more of the kinds of medicines we use to treat fungal infections."