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Illness in Las Vegas caused by a 'super bug'

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Jan 19, 2024 Jan 19, 2024

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Wife heard a report about illness in LV and asked me to consider cancelling my trip... I said I would do a search and I did
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Yes, there is a fungus that is a problem
No, it is not 'all over Vegas' it happens inside hospitals or other medical facilities
Summary is here, the article link is below if you want to read and see the list of facilities
If I don't have to go to a hospital there is almost ZERO reason for me to be concerned
AND there are hospitals all over the US that have 'super bug' infection problems
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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A “superbug” that can cause severe infections in hospital patients is on the rise, with cases rising to their highest levels over the past two months in Nevada health care facilities.
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REPEAT - in Nevada health care facilities
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Information obtained by 8 News Now from the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services shows Candida auris, or C. auris, has been found at 42 facilities, with Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas with the highest levels — nearly 500 total cases.
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C. auris is a fungus that is easily spread. It is one of five superbugs identified in 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as “urgent.” They are so-called “superbugs” because they are hard to kill with existing drugs.
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A total of 1,313 cases have been reported in Nevada so far in 2023. Of those, 492 were clinical cases and 821 were “colonization” cases — where the fungus was present but had not caused an infection. In November 2022, the state had a total of 774 cases on record. Since then, the fungus has been found at 16 more facilities — now a total of 42 sites, mostly in Southern Nevada.
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Patients who need catheters are at higher risk of infection because the fungus can be present on surfaces, getting into the bloodstream during invasive procedures.
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A factor in the higher number of cases: Testing for C. auris is more common than it was last year. As attention to the fungus increased over the past year and a half, patients in hospitals for other problems are tested more routinely when doctors suspect it is present. The number of cases does not reflect the number of people affected, as one person may sometimes have both a colonized case and a clinical case.
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Read the entire article to see the list of medical facilities that have problems
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https://www.8newsnow.com/news/local-news/superbug-cases-rising-in-nevada-over-past-two-months-las-ve...

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Ever since Covid started my wife has been VERY concerned about catching 'something' from other people
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Part of that concern is she has friend groups on FBook and text messages... and she tells me about the latest health threat and hospital problem due to reduced staffing from forcing the medical staff to either get vaccinated or leave
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There are times when she will tell me what she has been told, without verifying the information
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This is one of those cases... a text message friend who lives there told her about the 'super bug' problem in Vegas, saying it was 'all over town'
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When I did a search that was not the true story... the fungus infection is not all over town (in the hotels and casinos) it is contained in a long list of medical facilities
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So, after reading the article and looking at the list provided by the Health Dept I am not going to cancel my trip to Vegas
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This will be my final trip to Vegas due to the constantly rising prices (such as the city tourist fees adding $46 per night to the room rate) but I am not worried about my health any more than I am when I go to the grocery store... I will not get close to anyone, the same as I do where I live

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Jan 19, 2024 Jan 19, 2024

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Always take what you hear with a healthy dose of skepticism.  The amount of misinformation on social media is like the fisherman's story about the one that got away.  With each telling, that fish gets bigger & bigger until it's a whale. 🤔

 

So knowing what you know, are you going to Lost Wages, I mean Vegas?

 

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
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Yep... as I said, this will be my last trip due to the rising prices for everything

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Jan 20, 2024 Jan 20, 2024

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I haven't been to Vegas in a while.  When we did go, we had sensational discount packages.

They practically paid us to be there.  Of course, that was pre-COVID.

 

Have a fun trip!

 

 

 

 

 

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