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Candida auris is a multi-drug resistant fungus (yeast) that can cause serious infections.
Candida auris (C. auris) is a multi-drug resistant fungus (yeast) that can cause serious infections. Infections caused by C. auris are difficult to treat and are associated with increased mortality and high health care costs.
Candida auris is a notifiable condition1
C. auris can spread through person-to-person contact with a person carrying the fungus with no symptoms (colonisation) or an infected person by direct contact or uncleaned surfaces and patient-shared equipment. C.auris can also remainpersistantin an uncleaned environment, allowing for transmission between patients.
Identifying C.auris is critical to knowing what steps to take to manage it in a healthcare setting, residential aged care facilities and long term care facilities, including implementation of appropriate infection prevention and control measures.
In many cases, a person may carry C. auris in their body or on medical devices in their body (such as feeding tubes, intravenous catheters, urinary catheters and central lines) and not have any symptoms (this is called colonisation).
People can also become very sick from C. auris infection, which can include bloodstream infections, as well as specific infections of various body parts, such as bones (osteomyelitis), ear (otitis media), brain lining (meningitis), heart lining (pericarditis), urinary tract infections or wound infections. The signs and symptoms a person who has a C. auris infection might experience depends on the site of the infection.
Diagnosis is made by taking a blood sample or a swab of an infected site, which then grows C.auris in the laboratory.
C. auris can be difficult to identify in the laboratory, so the diagnosis may be suspected when a person has a fungal infection that does not respond to the usual treatment.
(time between becoming infected and developing symptoms)
(time during which an infected person can infect others)
C. auris is resistant to many of the common antifungal medications. Treatment is guided by an Infectious Diseases physician.
Infections with C. auris can be prevented by the following measures:
Tissues used by patients should be disposed of carefully.
1 – In South Australia the law requires doctors and laboratories to report some infections or diseases to SA Health. These infections or diseases are commonly referred to as 'notifiable conditions'.