This is just how hard a deadly bug has hit private hospitals

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This is just how hard a deadly bug has hit private hospitals

Gauteng hospitals have become a hotbed for a drug-resistant fungus - and newborns are the most vulnerable

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Private hospitals in Gauteng are becoming deadly places amid the rapid spread of a drug-resistant fungus infecting ill and newborn babies in ICU wards.

Data released on Tuesday by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) revealed that in 2016 and 2017, there were 695 candida auris infections in hospital patients in private hospitals and 99 in the state hospitals. 

NICD scientists have just published a paper on the strain in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, showing there were 794 infections in hospitals countrywide in 2016 and 2017...

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