The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is urging doctors to consider “the potential for tissue damage and loss of function in patients undergoing a vasectomies” as a result of an outbreak of the fungus.
In the past two weeks, the group has reported that the number of vasectomy referrals in the United States has spiked by more than 1,500 per day.
It’s not clear if the rise is a direct result of the outbreak or the use of antibiotics to try and fight off the infection.
The SARS outbreak has led to an increase in the use and price of antibiotics, and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic also led to a surge in prescriptions for antibiotics in the U.S. as well.
Doctors have been warned to treat infections with antibiotics to help prevent recurrence.
“It is important that doctors use a comprehensive strategy to avoid infections and avoid complications and to limit the risk of recurrence,” Dr. Robert C. Wolk, a chief of the division of medical oncology at the Johns Hopkins University, wrote in a press release.
“The number of infections requiring antibiotics has risen dramatically and many physicians are beginning to feel the need to reassess their surgical and nonoperative strategies.”
The U.K. has reported its highest ever number of cases of SARS, at 1,722.
The U., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are the countries hardest hit by the outbreak.
The European Union and Switzerland are also battling the outbreak and have so far reported no new cases.