Nursing homes, hospitals, and various other kinds of facilities that provide medical care and treatment always need to be mindful of the possibility of serious outbreaks of bacteria, fungus, and other microorganisms that can spread quickly. People under the care of these places are most likely to experience extreme health complications related to infections due to other existing conditions.  There have also been many strains of bacteria and fungus to emerge in recent years that are so called “superbugs,” which are immune to antibiotics and other normal treatment methods and can be very difficult to control or contain.

A new fungus is beginning to attack nursing homes and hospitals nationally, but most cases seem to be in the New York metro area.

Fungal outbreak creates great concern

An emerging threat to many nursing homes is the appearance of a deadly fungus that is difficult to detect and control. While the fungus has appeared in several states, New York has reported hundreds of cases and New Jersey is also one of the most heavily affected states by the outbreak. The fungus is formally called Candida Auris. It is known to enter the bloodstream and quickly cause infections throughout the body. Officials are concerned that the strain is resistant to most anti-fungal treatments, and people in nursing homes may be unaware of its presence if they are already sick or in poor health. The fungus can also only be found through special tests, which means even people who are infected may be overlooked if doctors rely on traditional treatment and detection methods. Because little is still known about this fungus and its origins, scientists have no effective way to control it until research reveals more information.

At this point, experts recommend frequent hand washing or the use of hand sanitizer to minimize the potential for the problem to spread.

The responsibility to residents

Nursing homes do have a general duty to attempt to keep their residents in good health. They also need to keep diseases from spreading throughout their facilities once they are aware of issues such as this recent fungus outbreak, as any institution that provides services related to healthcare is aware that there is always the potential for infections and diseases to move quickly. This is especially true if simple measures such as hand sanitizer can prevent the fungus from being transmitted.

People in nursing homes are especially vulnerable to any diseases spread by bacteria or fungus, as many of them do not leave the facilities very often and tend to spend extended hours in the same room where they would be exposed to infections continually. When someone experiences harm because of this new fungus or any kind of outbreak, it may be because the facility was negligent in its level of sanitation or other preventive measures. A lawyer who specializes in these kinds of claims can allege that the nursing home breached its responsibility to the residents inside, which caused serious health problems. As a general rule, lawsuits involving these kinds of treatment resistant infections may be more financially valuable, due to the fact that victims need to be compensated for the extensive care that is required to bring them back to normal health.

Speak to a lawyer who helps the elderly brings lawsuits against nursing homes

If you have suddenly become ill because of any type of infection within a nursing home, there is legal help available. Experienced nursing home abuse attorneys in New York City and surrounding areas can file a lawsuit against the facility on your behalf if necessary.