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Your Health: 4-24-13 Experimental fungal test

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An experimental test could help doctors catch a deadly type of fungal infection in the blood within hours, rather than days.

The test, which is not yet on the market, looks for Candida infection in the blood.

The fungus is best known for causing common vaginal yeast infections, but when it gets into the bloodstream it can cause serious infections of organs and tissue throughout the body.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, candida blood infections are the fourth most common type of blood infection among U.S. hospital patients.

The infection is very rare in healthy people. It's typically transmitted through contaminated catheters,and seen in seriously ill patients.

Lexington, Mass.-based company, T2 Biosystems is developing the new test.

No word when it will be available.

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