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The Mysterious Reason Hospitals Won’t Reveal Dangerous Pathogens

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) immediately warned the public of a hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, where an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria had affected more than 12 Americans having elective surgery, they neglected to warn of several hospitals in the U.S. where similar situations exist
  • The CDC refers to Candida auris as an “emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat,” but waited two years before releasing a report of an outbreak in a Kentucky hospital, and still haven't published the name of the hospital
  • An even larger outbreak is believed to have occurred in Valencia, Spain, responsible for 41% mortality rate in the first 30 days. However, the hospital has not made any announcement, instead stating, "It is very difficult to discern whether patients die from the pathogen or with it …"
  • The CDC and hospitals are nervous about this fungal infection, which is resistant to all antifungal medications. Some believe the rise in its prevalence is due to the indiscriminate use of fungicide treatments on crops
  • Researchers have found some inflammatory bowel diseases are linked to fungi. Maintaining a healthy gut and supporting your immune system may help reduce your risk of inflammatory bowel diseases

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has three levels of travel health notices. Watch Level 1 asks travelers to take precautions; Alert Level 2 recommends taking enhanced precautions; and Warning Level 3 warns U.S. residents to avoid nonessential travel.

In January, the agency sent an urgent public warning of an Alert Level 2 when an antibiotic-resistant bacteria — Pseudomonas aeruginosa — affected at least 12 Americans having elective surgery in Tijuana, Mexico. Half of the 12 infected in Mexico had their surgery at Grand View Hospital.

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