ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The CDC has confirmed 144 cases of a potentially deadly fungus in Illinois, a superbug the agency calls a “serious global health threat.”

Candida auris is a drug-resistant fungus that can cause infections of the bloodstream and in one in three cases, death.

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There are three cases being reported in the local St. Louis area, in the Metro East, health officials said. No other information was released.

People who are already suffering from health issues are most susceptible.

The CDC said patients can remain colonized by the fungus for a long time, and it can live on surfaces in healthcare environments, meaning the fungus can spread easily between patients in healthcare facilities.

Illinois has the second-most cases of Candida auris, trailing New York with 309. In total, the CDC has confirmed 587 cases and identified 30 more probable ones across 11 states in the U.S.

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