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CDC Alert on the Spread of Antimicrobial-resistant Fungus in Healthcare Facilities

​On March 20th, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released information regarding an emerging fungus, Candida auris (C. auris), considered an urgent antimicrobial resistance (AR) threat. CDC has deemed C. auris as an urgent AR threat, because it is often resistant to multiple antifungal drugs, spreads easily in healthcare facilities, and can cause severe infections with high death rates. Specialized laboratory methods are needed to accurately identify C. auris. CDC recommends that anyone who believes they have any fungal infection or healthcare-associated infection see a healthcare provider.

Candida auris fungal infections tripled in the United States between 2019 and 2021 to 1,471, including seven cases resistant to all antifungal treatments, according to CDC data reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Twenty-eight states and Washington, D.C., have reported cases since the first U.S. infection in 2013. While not a threat to healthy people, C auris infections “tend to occur in patients who have multiple or prolonged health care encounters or indwelling devices, including those receiving mechanical ventilation,” the authors note.

“The rapid rise and geographic spread of cases is concerning and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance, expanded lab capacity, quicker diagnostic tests, and adherence to proven infection prevention and control,” said Meghan Lyman, a CDC epidemiologist.

 

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