March 28, 2023

Candida auris fungas on the rise

Editor's Note

The Centers for Diseas Control and Prevention issued an alert that infections from the fungus Candida auris are increasing, according to a March 23 report from Michigan Medicine.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Patients in nursing facilities who have ventilator-associated infections are at increased risk, and ventilators have been in heavy use because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Patients in hospitals who have catheters and IVs also have an increased risk of introducing the fungus to the bloodstream.
  • C auris is not a threat to healthy individuals, but they may carry it and transmit it to a medically vulnerable person. It is very hard to get off the skin. It also appears to be resistant to quaternary ammonium cleaners used in hospitals.
  • The threat from C auris is similar to the threat from MRSA, but less is known about fungal infections than bacterial infections.


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