Candida auris is a fungal disease threat – What is it? Where did it come from? How do we respond?

A strain of Candida auris cultured at the CDC laboratories. C. auris is a yeast that can cause serious infections.

C.auris stainCDC reports, “as part of our inaugural Fungal Disease Awareness Week, the Safe Healthcare Blog features an overview of the globally emerging fungal disease threat, Candida auris. Increased awareness about fungal diseases is one of the most important ways we can improve early recognition and reduce delays in diagnosis and treatment. C. auris is a fungal pathogen with an intriguing natural history. Not only is C. auris affecting hospitalized patients in over a dozen countries, but it also exhibits high levels of antifungal resistance.”

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*Don’t forget proper hand hygiene is the single most important, simplest, and least expensive means for reducing the prevalence of healthcare- associated infections and the spread of antimicrobial resistance!

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