CHA News Article

Health Care Facilities Alerted to Emerging C. auris Infection

The California Department of Health (CDPH) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program has informed health care providers of an emerging pathogenic fungus, Candida auris (C. auris), that can cause invasive infections and results in high mortality. Investigation of the fungus, which appears to have emerged in the U.S. during the past few years, has found that it is likely transmitted in health care settings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has requested that any instances of this fungus be reported to state or local public health departments; to date, no instances have been reported in California.

Health care facilities should be aware of available resources for accurately identifying C. auris, which is difficult to identify using traditional laboratory methods and is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs. Facilities should report possible C. auris infections, as well as isolates of C. haemulonii and Candida spp. that cannot be identified after routine testing, to their local health department and the HAI Program; to assist providers, C. auris identification testing is available at the CDPH Microbial Diseases Laboratory. Questions and reports of possible cases should be directed to haiprogram@cdph.ca.gov. For questions about fungal diagnostic testing services available through CDPH, contact linlin.li@cdph.ca.gov.

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