Candida auris Outbreak

PUBLISHED: Apr 11, 2019
Relevant to: All Healthcare Organizations

Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. C. auris causes severe illness in hospitalized patients, including the United States. Patients can remain colonized with C. auris for a long time and C. auris can persist on surfaces in healthcare environments. This can result in spread of C. auris between patients in healthcare facilities.

Most C. auris cases in the United States have been detected in the New York City area, New Jersey, and the Chicago area. Strains of C. auris in the United States have been linked to other parts of the world. U.S. C. auris cases are a result of inadvertent introduction into the United States from a patient who recently received healthcare in a country where C. auris has been reported or a result of local spread after such an introduction.

As of March 29, 2019 the U.S. case count has been updated to 617. CDC encourages all U.S. laboratories that identify C. auris to notify their state or local public health authorities and CDC at candidaauris@cdc.gov. CDC is working closely with public health and healthcare partners to prevent and respond to C. auris infections.

Current infection control recommendations include:

  • Transmission based precautions
  • Standard precautions
  • Strict adherence to hand hygiene
  • Environmental disinfection

Included with today’s notice are example policies outlining infection control recommendations in detail.

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