Candida Auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Candida Auris, also called C. Auris, is a yeast (type of fungus) that causes severe infections and can spread in healthcare settings.

C. Auris can infect any body part, including blood or a wound. C. Auris infections can be difficult to treat because most are resistant to at least one medicine used to treat fungal infections, referred to as an antifungal medicine. C. Auris can also live on the skin or other body parts without making a person sick. This is called being “colonized.”

CDC is concerned about Candida Auris for three main reasons:

  1. It is often multidrug-resistant, meaning that it is resistant to multiple antifungal drugs commonly used to treat C. Auris infections.
  2. It is difficult to identify with standard laboratory methods and can be misidentified in labs without specific technology.
  3. Misidentification may lead to inappropriate management and has caused outbreaks in healthcare settings.

For this reason, it is important to quickly identify C. Auris in a hospitalized patient so that healthcare facilities can take special precautions to stop its spread. For more details about Candida Auris please click here.

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